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Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, and Chick-fil-A have played
in the economic and social development of the United
States— in other words, the world we live in today makes
more sense when we understand the story of these companies. Secondly, when we teach business history we not
only have an opportunity to teach about the role of free
markets in meeting a need and creating wealth, but we
can also teach ethics, leadership, and philanthropy, all of
which students need to understand in order to be better,
productive citizens and future business leaders.”
From chicken sandwiches (Chick-fil-A) to private
jets (Gulfstream), 24-hour news (CNN) to waffles (Waffle
House), there is no doubt that Georgia businesses have
made their mark on the national landscape. This history
initiative strives to ensure that new generations are
exposed to their stories— not just how they climbed to
the top of the business world but how they have affected Georgia society.
Whether it was Coca-Cola’s Robert Woodruff bringing
together Atlanta’s political and business leaders to honor
Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s, or the visionary
expansion of the Georgia World Congress Center to help
host the 1996 Olympics that put the eyes of the world on
the Peach State, many of the state’s businesses and business leaders have made an impact that reaches far
beyond their line of work.
It is often said that those who cannot remember the
past are condemned to repeat it. Todd Groce and his
Historical Society team hope that, with their business initiative, by remembering the past Georgia can learn from
and build on some of its grandest successes.
Patrick Hickey is James/InsiderAdvantage office manager and a staff writer.
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oastal Pines Technical College has recently
partnered with CrossFlight Sky Solutions of
Bluffton, South Carolina, recognized experts in
the drone technology field. This is very exciting
because CrossFlight and their educational partner’s team
offer curriculum and educational training for local industry,
business, civil authorities, and community members seeking
to become FAA certified commercial drone pilots.
Most of the world knows that Unmanned Aircraft
Systems (UAS) drones are here to stay. Already prevalent
in the hobbyist and military world, drones are now being
used by private industries and civil authorities in record
numbers. From surveying, engineering, construction, marketing, law enforcement and real estate, aerial imaging is
being incorporated daily.
Goldman Sachs recently estimated the drone industry to reach
$100 billion by 2020. In 2016
more than 800,000 drones were
sold in the U.S., and in 2017, almost 1.2
million drones were sold. In 2018, that
number could be as high as 1.4 million.
That is a lot of machines competing for airspace with commercial planes, private planes, helicopters
and other aircraft. And as technology continues to improve,
those numbers should only increase.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has some
valid safety concerns with the drone industry. Currently, only
drone pilots who wish to use their drone for any commercial
or business purpose must be certified. An FAA remote pilot
certification can be achieved by passing an exam with topics such as aeronautical decision making, weather, airport
operations, airspace, physiological conditions, risk assessment, and much more. To date, there are only an estimated
10,000 certified pilots throughout the United States. That
leaves the other 99 percent of drone operators without any
kind of training, education or knowledge of the FAA rules on
how to properly and safely operate a drone.
It seems almost inevitable that tragedy is bound to
Indeed, drones can do serious damage to people and
property. A collision with an aircraft could easily cause a
crash and hundreds of close calls have already been
reported. Some of these incidents have been caused by
reckless individuals, while other close calls could have
easily been caused by non-educated and ill-informed
drone pilots who just don’t know the laws.
Some will tell you tell you that the drone industry needs
more rules and stricter guidelines. That may be true to a
certain extent, however the FAA has plenty of regulations
that govern drones and all airspace. The problem in reality
seems to be a lack of education and knowledge of these
rules and regulations as well as an even greater lack of
enforcement of the rules already in place.
To properly manage the congestion in the air, education
and training will no doubt have the greatest impact in keeping our skies safer. Anyone operating a drone should know
the “laws of the air” just as anyone operating a car needs to
know the “laws of the road.” Online drone education
and training options, as well as instructorled classes at technical colleges,
community colleges and high
schools are a convenient and affordable way to learn how to effectively and safely operate a drone. Considering the alternative,
it is worth the investment to learn
the rules, regulations and laws governing our airspace.
CrossFlight CEO Jerry Whittaker
says, “We are ecstatic about our relationship with
Coastal Pines Technical College. Through this partnership we desire to create a wave of certified commercial FAA
drone pilots, ready to begin and carve their careers in the
exciting and fast growing drone technology industry. We
feel that this partnership fits perfectly with CPTC’s commitment to excellence in advanced technology and we could
not be more excited.”
The 22-hour program is an instructor-led class covering
FAA rules and regulations, airspace classifications, risk
assessment tools, aeronautical decision making, airport
operations, weather and much more. Students will also take
part in both a manual and automated hands on flying segment during the class, as well as discuss potential career
paths in the exploding drone technology field.
The class will be held Monday December 3rd through
Thursday December 6th from 5:30pm to 9:30pm, as well as
Saturday December 8th from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the
Coastal Pines Technical College Golden Isles Campus.
For more information, or to register for the class, please
visit CPTC Community Education at: coastalpines.edu.
Pete Snell is the vice president of economic development at Coastal
Pines Technical College in Waycross.
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