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Posted on: April 13, 2023

Regional Agency Provides Free Drone Workshops on YouTube

Young man operates the controller of a drone

The introduction of uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS), commonly called drones, into the commercial market has given many people the opportunity to take up a unique hobby or new career. What was once a technology reserved mostly for the military is now being used by many businesses and governments to help with everything from selling real estate to enhancing accident investigations.

Drone operators need to be aware of the latest industry developments, including best practices and where to safely fly their aircraft. To meet the educational need, the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ (NCTCOG ) UAS Safety and Integration Task Force organized and hosted a series of monthly virtual workshops during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 21 workshops conducted over a two-year period are available free for anyone interested in learning more about drones. The "Know Before You Fly Your Drone" workshops are posted on the NCTCOG Transportation Department’s YouTube page.

The workshops cover a variety of topics, including drone types, use cases, careers, business opportunities and more. There is even a workshop focused on drone racing. Each workshop is guided by aviation and UAS professionals to provide expertise and career insights.

To learn more about NCTCOG’s UAS initiatives, visit

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