Cloud Co. Comm. College Offering Drone Flight School


Cloud County Community College’s small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems (sUAS) program will be offering a two-day drone flight school workshop in August.

The workshop will be on August 5 and 6 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days at Cloud’s Renewable Energy Technology hangar. The enrollment deadline is July 29, and there is a $150 fee to attend. Participants must be 18-years-old or older.

Drones will be provided for those who attend the class. Participants who have their own drone and need guidance are welcome to bring their drone.

The training will cover a number of subjects, including the Part 107 exam summary; FAA regulations for flying in the NAS (National Air Space); mission planning; pre- and post-flight checklists; and hands-on flight experience to learn basic maneuvers.

To register for the workshop, contact Laura Leite, Business and Industry coordinator, at, or by phone at 785.243.1435, ext. 374.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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