OKA’ INSTITUTE INTERN LINN RECEIVES REMOTE PILOT LICENSE TO FLY DRONES FOR WATER STUDY PURPOSES

Michael Linn flies a drone which is used for research by the Oka' Institute.

Michael Linn, the unmanned aerial systems intern for The Oka’ Institute at East Central University, received his official unmanned aircraft systems remote pilot license.

This certification allows Linn to fly drones for non-hobby purposes.

The goal of the airman certification process is to ensure the applicant possesses knowledge consistent with the privileges of the Remote Pilot Certificate with a small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) rating being exercised, as well as the ability to manage the risks of flight in order to act as a remote pilot-in-command (PIC).

The Oka’ Institute uses Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) for characterizing water resources and studying hydro-geologic processes. All of the pilots for The Oka’ Institute have to have this certification in order to operate and fly the drones.

In order to receive this certification, Linn had to take the Remote Pilot test, which consisted of questions about airspace, weather, safety, aeronautics, and general procedures.

Linn is a recent graduate from East Central University with a bachelor of science, double major in math and physics. He has been with The Oka’ Institute during its inaugural year, since August of 2016.

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For Immediate Release: 

Contact: Morgan Edwards, Marketing and Communications Specialist for Oka’ Institute at 580-559-5151

                             or Brian Johnson or Amy Ford

                                East Central University Communications and Marketing

                              580-559-5650 or 405-812-1428 (cell)