Ascension Parish employees earn drone pilot licenses

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Left to Right: Robert Bergeron, President Kenny Matassa, and Marshall Courtney.

Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa announced today that two Parish employees have been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration as licensed drone pilots.

Robert Bergeron and Marshall Courtney have each received their federal drone pilot license. The licensing process involves approximately six months of self-directed study which includes practice testing, followed by written and performance exams.

“This is another part of our mission to modernize our operations,” said Matassa. “We are investing in the latest technologies and certifying our employees to bring better service and product to the people.”

Bergeron, a supervisor in the Mosquito Control Department, has been employed with the Parish for six years. The drone can hold up to three gallons of insecticide or larvicide. It is used primarily to treat for mosquitos after heavy rainfall and in hard-to-reach areas.

Courtney, a video production specialist in the Communications Department, has been employee with the Parish more than five years. The drone has a high resolution video camera to record events and projects showcased on Ascension21.

A pilot can operate both drones within a range of 10,000 feet.

Contributed by Ascension Parish Government