Atlantic Cape Community College aviation students recently completed Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems, a new course in the Aviation Studies program taught by employees from the William J. Hughes Technical Center.
Twenty-two students enrolled in the class, which covered a host of topics on the emerging field of non-piloted aircraft such as:
- History of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Systems
- Comprehensive applications of UAS in precision agriculture, search and rescue, pipeline monitoring, protecting wildlife, police surveillance, motion picture filmmaking, border patrol and tracking migrating whale populations among other activities
- Fourth Amendment considerations concerning domestic surveillance, privacy protection, unreasonable search and seizure, case law and the legislative climate
- Present and future regulations and standards
- Technical components of UAS such as ground stations, autonomous flight, payloads, launch and recovery process, sense and avoid capability, line of sight operations, communication data link and satellite uplink
Students were tested on their ability to analyze data, remember historical milestones, technical capabilities, technical development, UAS performance characteristics and human factor issues. In addition, each student had to present an approved project presentation in chosen media that described, in great detail, an application of a UAS in the real world and defend their project to the instructors.
Instructors were Adam Greco, air traffic domain director in the Technical Strategies & Integration Division at the William J. Hughes Technical Center, and Michael Konyak, aeronautical engineer in the Laboratory Services Division at the technical center. Konyak brought his aeronautical engineering expertise to the course and Greco brought his knowledge of the National Airspace System and air traffic control experience.
Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems will be offered again this fall at Atlantic Cape on Tuesdays from 7-9:45 p.m., beginning Sept. 2, at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.
To register for the class, visit www.atlantic.edu/webadvisor. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted. Registration hours are weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at www.atlantic.edu/fall. The college is closed Thursday, July 3, and Fridays through Aug. 15. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (609) 343-5000, 625-1111, ext. 5000, or 463-3960 in Cape May County.