NC Hwy Patrol on the top deck of the MCC mobile command unit looking up at a drone

Montgomery Community College’s Public Safety Drone Academy took part in the first annual NC Drone Summit and Flight Expo held August 5-7 in Greensboro by the NC Department of Transportation (DOT).

Speakers, exhibitors and flight demonstrators from around the world showcased new technologies and the growing applications of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The summit featured speakers from Intel, NASA, and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Riley Beaman, Director of MCC’s Public Safety Drone Academy served as flight coordinator for the summit and conducted flight demonstrations throughout the event. MCC’s UAV Mobile Command Unit was on site and participants were able to view real-time flight operations on the unit’s large screen monitors.
“We were honored to take part in this first-ever summit,” said Beaman. “It was exciting to see all the innovation on display and I’m proud to say that Montgomery Community College is taking a leading role in public safety and emergency applications,” he said.
Beaman has been working with NCDOT’s Division of Aviation UAS program engineer, Darshan Divarkaran, providing flight clinics to public service agencies statewide. In addition, Montgomery Community College, in cooperation with other community colleges across the state, provides UAV training to emergency service members and first responders including fire, rescue, emergency medical services, and correctional and law enforcement officers.

NC Highway Patrol on top of Drone Command Center pointing
“We conduct training for search and rescue operations, fire calls, natural disasters, accident scenes, active shooter/hostage situations, night ops - any scenario law enforcement and emergency services can come up with, we provide drone training for,” said Beaman.
Beaman has been invited to attend the Commercial UAV Expo Americas in October with Divarkaran who will be presenting on the work being done with UAVs in the public safety sector.

For more information about MCC's Public Safety Drone Academy contact Riley Beaman at 910-898-9683 or email

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