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CPCC to offer class on operating drones

Drone operation classes will be offered at Central Piedmont Community College’s Ballantyne Campus soon.

The class, run by the Small Business Center at CPCC, is designed for entrepreneurs considering business applications for the unmanned aircraft.

CPCC Public Information Office Jeff Lowrance said the Small Business Center works to match courses to needs.

“It seems there’s something about drones in the media every day. It’s a growing area, and we want to provide instruction for those that are interested,” said Lowrance.

The course is a partnership with the Academy for Unmanned Vehicles, and is intended to be part one of the still evolving two-part path to FAA drone-operator certification.

Topics will include the history and business applications of drones, using drones for aerial photography, guidance on setting up a drone business and rules and regulations of use.

Instructors will include Dan Gotte, principal, Fuse Financial Partners; Mike Ouimet, senior partner, Academy of Unmanned Vehicles; and William Pedersen, president and CWO, The Icarus Group.

The class will meet 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Aug. 18-Sept. 3 in CPCC’s new Ballantyne Center in the Gibson Building, 11430 North Community House Road.

The final class session will include flight training and likely will take place at a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools gymnasium in the Ballantyne area.

Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer:

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For information on Central Piedmont Community College’s classes on drone operation, visit or call the Small Business Center at 704-330-6736.

The course fee is $1,699.