Telesis Systems, Inc. in coordination with Mineral County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA), Hawthorne Businesses, The Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) and SkyOP will be conducting Emerging Technology Training in (sUAS) Drones. The training is designed to introduce and prepare individuals seeking to employment and retraining in this new technology. Training will be held in Hawthorne, NV from Nov. 13 to 17.

While many of us think of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), or drones, as the newest in remote control airplanes and a cool tool for aerial videos, the biggest opportunity they pose is for commercial use. Goldman Sachs Research projects an economic impact of $100 billion between 2016 and 2020. Industries including construction, agriculture, insurance, energy, and public safety, as well as small and entrepreneurial businesses, will realize a tremendous economic benefit from using this new technology. In fact, the use of drones is projected to be a game-changing technology on the scale of the Internet and GPS.

Simply registering a drone isn’t enough.

The adoption of this new aviation technology is exciting — and daunting. Without controls regarding who is flying the systems and how they are being used, what will the result be?

Enter the FAA. The FAA has announced new regulations, including the requirement that commercial drone operators be FAA certified.

“This is good news because these regulations provide clarity on how drones can be used, as well as making it easy to legally pilot them,” says Lewis H. Smith, Jr., President/CEO of Telesis Systems, Inc., a Maryland based business. “The commercial potential for the use of drones is astounding. It will literally transform industries.”

The challenge is that there is so much more to know than buying a drone and trying to fly it in your backyard. There are a variety of systems and components to learn, safety best practices, regulations, maintenance, and more to know before taking to the sky.” The FAA requires drone pilots to pass the remote pilot knowledge test Unmanned Aircraft – General for certification, but it does not provide the training and knowledge-transfer new operators need to grasp the systems’ capabilities or develop skills to fly a drone. Online videos and manufacturer instructions don’t provide adequate training to make drone use economically efficient and safe.

Capturing the Potential of Drone Technology

To empower our local workforce with the skills and knowledge required to pilot drones and access emerging job opportunities, Telesis Systems, Inc. is offering a specialized five-day comprehensive course; including Hands-on Intro to sUAS Drones, FAA Remote Pilot Knowledge Test Prep, and Workforce Preparation and Information. The course fee includes a quadcopter with a camera, a computer flight simulator, 50 FAA sample test questions, and a workbook. The course fee also covers six nights of lodging (Sunday Evening through Saturday Morning), 17 Meals (Sunday – Dinner, Monday through Friday – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Saturday – Breakfast. In addition, students initial FAA Remote Pilot Testing Fee will be covered; maximum ($150) per student. Students will also have extended hands-on flight time during this training.

Classes are led by certified sUAS trainers. The cost per student is $3,800. Students must register and make contact by Oct. 30. Please visit our website at or call 301-627-5000, 301-602-8790 for more information. Training contacts: Audrey D. Smith or Lewis H. Smith, Jr.