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Sault College offering training in drone operation

Interview guaranteed upon completion of course
Sault College is offering a new program to train drone operators, starting next summer. (Stock photo)

Sault College will soon offer training in the operation of drones, and completion of the course guarantees students a job interview with a potential employer.

The school has launched the Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) course – in partnership with TerreSky and Clarion Drone Academy – which will train participants in the safe and legal operation of drones.

The four-step program includes completion of a ground school course, the passing of an exam through Transport Canada, completion of a workshop on flying in controlled airspace, and an in-person flight review.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants are guaranteed an interview with TerreSky.

Headquartered in Sault Ste. Marie, with offices in Toronto and Canmore, Alta., TerreSky specializes in drone operation, data collection, aerial photography, and more.

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TerreSky CEO Ryan Rizzo said the company would be actively recruiting for the program in February.

“The project will offer many opportunities for the selected RPAS pilots using some of the most cutting-edge technologies in the industry,” he said in an Oct. 30 news release.

“This project will have a focus on climate action and air space regulations. We’re excited to partner with Sault College and Clarion to offer participants an opportunity to succeed in this exciting industry.”

David Orazietti, Sault College’s dean of aviation, business, trades and technology, and natural environment, said the school has invested in faculty training and drone equipment for this program and others.

“Remotely piloted aircraft systems training continues to be a growing sector of the economy and offers tremendous potential to specialize in areas such as flight operations, data analytics and maintenance support,” he said.

“In recognizing these opportunities, we are very pleased to have developed a partnership with TerreSky and Clarion to offer this training for the first time at Sault College.”