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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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