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Drone Pilot Ground School (DPGS) scholarship recipient, Carl Hayden, is utilizing his new expertise as a drone pilot to provide again to his group in Amherst County, Virginia. On April 15, 2018, Amherst County was hit by a harmful twister. The twister precipitated injury to 25 houses and harm to seven individuals. Thankfully, no fatalities had been reported.

Hayden’s residence and household weren’t hit by the twister, however a few of his buddies and classmates weren’t as lucky.

“Thankfully I wasn’t hit; but a few of my friends and soccer team mates had their homes completely destroyed.”

First responders and emergency service suppliers throughout the United States have been utilizing drones to help with pure catastrophe restoration. Hayden’s highschool know-how membership, Amherst Lancers Tech Club, was granted permission by the County Sheriff’s division to fly their drones over the impacted space.

Our tech membership trainer, Mike Cargill, supplied our help, and we had been in a position to assist EMS/Sheriff/utilities with aerial views of the aftermath, in addition to assist find private results of these whose houses had been destroyed. This has grow to be an ongoing challenge documenting the catastrophe itself, cleanup, and reclamation.

-Carl Hayden, DPGS Student and Scholarship Recipient

A house broken by the twister in Elon, Virginia on April 15, 2018. Photo by NOAA through Wikimedia Commons.

An Ongoing Effort — Drone Documentary

What started as a volunteer effort has advanced into an ongoing service and movie challenge, “Beyond the Storm,” — a year-long docuseries that follows the group’s restoration and progress after the twister.

The native information channel, WDBJ7, reported on the Amherst Lancers Tech Club’s efforts to assist the group and doc the twister restoration.


You can view clips from the docuseries on the Amherst Lancers Tech Club’s Facebook web page. Additionally, you possibly can hearken to their interview with VA Talk Radio Network, the place they discuss in regards to the results of the twister and their “Beyond the Storm” challenge.

Reflecting on his expertise serving to his group after the twister, Hayden expressed his gratitude for DPGS. He lately wrote to us:

I’ve been in a position to put drone expertise to good use extra shortly than I imagined. I wished to let your scholarship for coaching is being put to good use — not only for revenue, however to assist our neighbors and group.

-Carl Hayden, DPGS Student and Scholarship Recipient

A spherical of applause is to ensure that Hayden and all of the members of Amherst Lancers Tech Club who’ve been part of the “Beyond the Storm” challenge. It’s the kind of drones for good story we wish to hear extra of.

Apply for the Drone Pilot Ground School High School Scholarship

At DPGS, we rejoice the chance to offer highschool college students like Hayden with scholarships to our on-line coaching course. The course prepares college students to take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aeronautical Knowledge Test for his or her Part 107 / Remote Pilot Certification.

High School Scholarship Online Drone Training

Scholarship recipients are awarded free entry to the course ($299 worth), which incorporates 70+ video/textual content lectures, 5 follow assessments, teacher help, and lifelong entry to the course. Over 11,000 college students have already skilled by means of DPGS and go on to take the FAA Aeronautical Knowledge Test with a 99% go charge.

High college college students are inspired to use for the DPGS High School STEM Scholarship for Aspiring Commercial Drone Pilots. Eligible college students should be 1) not less than 16 years previous, 2) at present enrolled in highschool, and three) residing within the U.S.

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