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TMD Students Graduate from Inaugural RPIC Class

DroneSense congratulates the Texas Military Department (TMD) for its landmark graduation of the inaugural  Remote Pilot in Command (RPIC) class for Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) within their armed forces. 

TMD Graduation

A huge milestone for the military, this new class opens the door for additional branches to not only seek out their own UAS (or drone) pilot programs, but to take advantage of a successful class structure and training concept developed by the TDM team for members of the military.

Students committed to an intense two-week course to become well versed in areas of autonomous drone flights, emergency procedures, mission planning, night operations as well as vehicle borne and team operations. The training included certification under National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) UAS navigation and control standards.

Newly graduated drone pilots

The newly graduated drone pilots will go on to work hand in hand with state and national entities, providing real time, actionable intelligence in the field and back to command staff. Their newly acquired skill sets and “help first” attitude are sure to better the life situation of all Texans. 

Flying a drone as part of the final test

So while the next class will soon commence, DroneSense is wishing this class of graduates all the best for their future as drone pilots and thanks them for their service.