Unmanned aircraft system workshops begin Jan. 18

A drone in flight over grassMore than 20,000 drones are operating in North Texas.

Unmanned aircraft system devices are showing up faster than rules can be made for them. In North Texas alone, there are more than 20,000 unmanned aircraft systems registered. The recent growth in this evolving field has brought these devices, also known as drones, to the masses, and safe operation for all those involved quickly became a top priority.

From professional operators to those who see drones flying near their home, it is becoming imperative that North Texans be aware of the rules and regulations, best practices and where to fly these devices. The North Texas UAS Safety and Integration Task Force was organized to serve as an information clearinghouse for academia, public- and private-sector entities and the general public, and to address integration issues and carry out solutions via working groups focused on education and public awareness, legislation, training and integration.

Over the next two years, 12 free drone workshops sponsored by the task force and UAS industry stakeholders will be held in a variety of locations across North Texas. The North Central Texas Council of Governments will host the first in this series of workshops 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 18 at its offices, 616 Six Flags Drive in Arlington. RSVP by Jan. 17.

Workshop attendees will learn the rules and regulations governing how to register their drones and tips on operation, including pre-flight planning and conducting a safe flight.

Learn more about the workshop online.