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Successful Open House at Chicago Executive

Part 107: The New Drone Regulations and Airport Operations

Earlier this week, Vortex UAS held a well attended Open House at Atlantic Aviation at the Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK). Over 70 people signed up for this free event during which representatives from the FAA, Airport Management and Air Traffic Control spoke.

FAA Inspector Mark Foisy spoke about Part 107 and how pilots can earn their Remote Pilot Certification. Mark spoke for 30 minutes, outlining the new regulation and took many questions from an attentive audience.

Jim Bergagna, Air Traffic Control Manager for KPWK, spoke of a new grid system through which the FAA will coordinate Unmanned Operations within 5 miles of airports. Chicago Executive Airport Communications Director, Rob Mark, spoke of the recent runway improvements at the airport.

Vortex President Vince Donohue rounded out the evening with a strong emphasis on the high standard and level of professionalism that we in the Unmanned Aviation community need to hold our pilots to. Although Part 107 only requires the applicant to pass a written exam, Remote Pilots need to have solid flying skills and be proficient at their craft. Training is essential, both initial and ongoing training. It is only though a solid knowledge base with proficient and skilled flying that we Remote Pilots will keep the airspace safe.

Vortex will hold training this month for those interested in passing the Part 107 Knowledge Test and those looking to hone their piloting skills. Here’s our upcoming schedule:

Sept 23-25 Vortex UAS Part 107 Aeronautical Knowledge Test Prep Course

Sept 30 – Oct 6th Vortex UAS Intro, Advanced and Pro Pilot Training Courses

Details for upcoming courses and registration may be found HERE!

Until then… Let’s FLY!