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ThinkTech with Ray Tsuchiyama: NDPTC Discussion on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Posted on Sept. 10, 2015

On September 4, 2015, Ray Tsuchiyama, Deputy Director of the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC), joined Host Ted Ralston and Moderator Jay Fidell on the “Where the road leads” segment of ThinkTech Hawaii to discuss Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones.

The broadcast discussed the emerging UAV community consisting of hobbyists, business owners, individuals and organizations and their interest in the use of UAVs for various applications. Specifically, the utilization of UAVs for education, research, STEM programs, government and emergency management was highlighted.

Mr. Ryan “Sal” Salcido, representing the Hawaii Drone Club, provided his views about the increasing interest in drones and the resulting growing community.

Mr. Ralston pointed out that concerns have been raised regarding UAV utilization and safety, but indicated that the growing drone community has been working to address these concerns and increase awareness on regulations, safety, and drone usefulness.

Mr. Tsuchiyama provided details about NDPTC’s “Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Disaster Management” training course, that will be offered beginning in Spring of 2016. NDPTC’s UAV course is one of the foremost courses that addresses the use and application of UAVs during disasters. 

To see broadcast, click here.