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GRCC to offer drone piloting course

Drone classes offered at Tassell M-Tec

By Andrew Schau – The Collegiate

Grand Rapids Community College will offer its first ever drone piloting courses for students.

Elly Bainbridge, an Education and Promotion Specialist at GRCC, thinks the class will do great things for the upcoming students who take the course.

“It is a hands-on class,” Bainbridge said. “The students will be working with unmanned aircraft systems each time they meet for class. So it can be a class that students will be an entertaining way of learning.”


There will be two drone courses offered. Each course is three weeks long and totals 18 hours of hands-on training. This course will cost $1,490.

“The first option is an Introductory class for those who don’t have much experience with drones if any,” Bainbridge said. “These students will study and work to prepare for the remote pilot commercial certification test issued by the Federal Aviation Administration. Types of drones and how each drone can be used are the main studies of the Introductory class. The second option is for more experienced drone pilots, who seek to gain commercial certification. Aviation weather studies, navigation charts, and emergency situations and procedures will be studied in the more advanced course.”


The next available class for registration will be on May 22. The class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m at the Tassell M-TEC building.

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