DronED Seminar held at Phelps County Regional Medical Center.

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This larger drone is used to carry various payloads, such as 3d-cameras, thermal imagers, and LiDAR units for various research projects across the campus.
By Scott Hamilton

  Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Research Support Services Division of Information Technology drives unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) research at the university. They have a special team called Missouri S&T MinerFly Drone Team. The team displayed their drones at Phelps Health Dec. 4, 2018 as part of the DronED Seminar.
  If you purchased a drone this year for Christmas, there were a few things covered in the seminar that you should know. Jeffrey L McKune, Administrative Director/Chief Health Information Officer, sponsored the event that covered a wide range of questions about the safe and legal operation of drones.
  A member of the Missouri S&T Miner Fly DroneTeam, who was also an FAA registered drone pilot, talked about the different drones on display, his successes and failures in learning where to fly his drone, and how to become a registered, FAA-licensed drone pilot. He said testing to become an FAA licensed drone pilot costs $150 each time you take the test.
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This little drone is used at Missouri S&T for flight training.
  In order to legally operate a drone, even as a hobby, you must register the drone with the FAA according to the guidelines at https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/register_drone/.
  After you register your drone, make sure of your distance from an airport or a heliport. The heliport in Salem has moved to the Salem Memorial District Hospital on Highway 72 from the airport on Highway 32, and Rolla has added a heliport at Phelps Health along with Phelps Air Helicopter.
  The novice, hobbyist or beginner all need to know the basics - that one cannot fly within 5 miles of the airspace of an airport or heliport. For Phelps Air, the number to call is 877-495-7812 to report when you will be flying your drone and where. You must also be aware of any restricted airspace and keep your drone below 400 feet and within your line of sight at all times. Never fly over groups of people, public events, stadiums full of people, or near emergencies such as fires or recovery efforts. Also, just as when driving a car, never operate a drone under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Most of all, when flying the drone, respect the privacy of others. Government land like the Mark Twain National Forest, Ozark National Scenic Riverways, and Fort Leonard Wood is off-limits.
  Richard Pogue is an FAA-licensed drone pilot and a real estate broker in Salem. Pogue has a drone and was adamant that anyone who flies a drone needs to know FAA Rules to fly their drone. Someone asked where he could fly. He suggested asking a farmer friend to use his 100-acre farm to practice.
  Missouri State University will have a full-day, non-credit workshop February 9 and another one May 4, 2019, with hands-on drone instructions at the Alumni Center for $125.



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