Drones Give Hospice Patients a Last Look
A Cleveland hospice center has started working with Tom Davis, the owner of Aerial Anthropology to provide patients with a final trip. Aerial Anthropology will send a drone to the location of the patient’s choice and relay a real-time view. One man decided to use the drone to fly over his former neighborhood, job site and church. Another woman decided to get a final view of the lake her family had been visiting for generations.
The idea came to Tom when the daughter of a friend became so sick she was not able to leave the house. Davis planned to use the drone to take the child on a tour of her favorite places but luckily she recovered before the flight. Tom decided his idea would be more beneficial for individuals who will not recover, giving them a temporary reprise from their confinement. The program has been a huge success in Cleveland. Before the program began patients often asked hospice workers to drive them by landmarks that hold importance and sentimental value.
Tom Davis hopes to expand the program nationwide.
ARE YOU USING A DRONE FOR YOUR BUSINESS?
All commercial drone pilots must possess a Remote Pilot in Command Certificate which can be obtained by passing the FAA Remote Pilot in Command Exam.
Step 1: Pay the $5 fee and register any aircraft that weighs more than 0.55lbs.
Step 2: Pass the $150 Small UAS Remote Pilot Exam – exam prep is available here.
Step 3: Pass a TSA background check
Step 4: File FAA Form 8710-13
Check out our Complete Guide to Commercial Drone Use for more information.
FAA REMOTE PILOT IN COMMAND EXAM PREP
Florida Real Estate License Renewal Frequently Asked Questions
Half of Florida’s real estate licensees must be renewed by September 30, 2017. Real estate professionals can determine when their license expires by searching the Florida Licensing Portal.
How do I renew my Florida real estate broker or sales associate license?
- Complete the 14 hours of continuing education including 11 hours of specialty and 3 hours of Florida Law Core – Florida Approved Online HD Video Continuing Education Courses
- Step 2: Go to MyFloridaLicense account to renew your license and pay the appropriate renewal fee
Brokers – $77 | Sales Associates – $69
What happens after I complete my Florida real estate broker or sales associate continuing education?
Real Estate Training Institute will submit your continuing education certificates to the state within 1 to 2 business days. Once your continuing education has been submitted you can complete the renewal process
*You will be able to print a copy for your records immediately after course completion.
Do I have to complete continuing education if my license Florida real estate license is inactive?
Yes. Inactive license holders must complete 14 hours of continuing education including 11 hours of specialty and 3 hours of Florida Law Core and pay state renewal fees – Brokers – $77 | Sales Associates – $69
Rhode Island Contractor Complete Renewal Package
As of July 1, 2015, all Rhode Island contractors must obtain 5 hours of continuing education every two-year renewal cycle. Renewal cycles begin the day contractors receive a license and end on the first day of the month two years later. If you received your card on May 15th, 2015, your renewal date is May 1, 2017.
Builders License Training Institute offers approved online continuing education classes in a complete 5-hour package or as individual courses at www.licensetobuild.com/. Classes are mobile friendly and available from the date of purchase to the end of the renewal cycle, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Course certificates are submitted by Builders License Training Institute the next business day.
A recent study published in Nature Ecology and Evolution details a surprising experiment involving tomato plants and Beet Armyworms. Beet Armyworms are an invasive species of caterpillar from Southeast Asia that wreaks havoc on a wide variety of vegetation including asparagus, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, turnips, and tomatoes. The caterpillars are incredibly detrimental to plants because they feed on foliage and fruit.
Recent experiments may have found a solution to the Armyworm problem. Scientists sprayed tomato plants with a concoction of chemicals designed to induce a defensive response. Defense responses are common among plants, for example, coffee and nicotine are both byproducts of plants intended to stave off pests. To the surprise of the scientists, the caterpillars cannibalized before eating plants using the defense response. Perhaps even more fascinating, the plants communicated the defense response amongst themselves until the entire plot was emitting the defense response, including plants that had no interaction with the spray. Continued experiments are necessary for scientists to determine new, less invasive ways to trigger the defense response but this may be the start of a new, very effective, method of controlling pests.
Building on Budget by Design – New Course
Building on Budget by Design is approved continuing education for AIA members in all 50 states!
This course is designed to teach the benefit of good design for meeting client needs and budgets. By the end of this course, you will know how to use design to limit costs associated with materials and labor, within the scope of current codes and regulations.
After completing this course you will be able to integrate design concepts with current codes and regulations, translate the intentions and goals of the customer into a safe and cost effective project, understand the process of securing the appropriate information that will help to develop a scope, schedule, and budget. Additionally, you will be able to develop a building program that provides for less complexity and better price understanding through design adjustments. You will also learn to outline at least one design strategy based on site standards, code compliance, requested design and budget, and utilize current materials and goods to ensure proper construction practices, all with an eye for budgetary constraints.
Georgia Has the 4th Worst Pest Infestation in the U.S.
Warm climate, wet summers, swamps, and the heavily forested areas of Georgia make it a perfect breeding ground for all kinds of pests. In Atlanta alone, 25% of households have cockroaches and the city has a staggering 45 species of mosquitoes.
Georgia’s pests are more than just a nuisance, they’re a health concern. Mosquitoes led to 77 cases of Zika last year. The feces and saliva of German cockroaches, one of the most common breeds found in Georgia, cause asthma attacks. Cockroaches can also carry salmonella and E. Coli, a hazard for contaminating food, prep areas, and utensils.
Homeowners can do little on their own aside from avoiding standing water and wearing insect repellent to prevent contact with mosquitos. German cockroaches are also hard to avoid. Preventative measures include keeping dry goods in air tight containers, not leaving dirty dishes out for long periods of time and storing garbage away from their home.
GEORGIA APPLICATOR RENEWAL
It should come as no surprise, Georgia pesticide applicators are in high demand. Licenses must be renewed every 5 years by completing continuing education 90 days before license expiration and returning a renewal notice to the state.
Continuing Education Requirements
- 3 Credit Hours – Private Applicators
- 6 Credit Hours – Animal Agriculture, Forest Pest Control, Right-of-Way, Regulatory, Industrial Structure & Health, Wood Treatment, Antimicrobial
- 10 Credit Hours – Agriculture Plant, Ornamental & Turf, Public Health, Mosquito Control
Mail continuing education certificates here:
Georgia Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Inputs – Pesticide Section
19 M.L.K. Jr. Drive, Room 410
Atlanta, GA 30334
California Architects, Have You Completed Your 5 Hour ADA Course?
As you know, a 5-hour ADA course is required to renew your license every odd year. Approved ADA courses cover legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees people with disabilities have the opportunity to participate in mainstream life. Architects Training Institute offers a California approved 5-hour ADA course to meet these state requirements. Our HD video courses are available 24/7, online, at your convenience. You will be able to print a certificate of completion to mail to the state immediately after finishing the course.
If you are a member of the AIA you must complete 18 hours of continuing education every year. We’ve created a package that meets all the AIA requirements and includes the 5-hour ADA California requirement. Architects Training Institute will submit your certificates of completion to the AIA and provide printable certificates for your own records and the state of California.
NASA Technology to Put A Definitive End to Trespassing Drones
New NASA technology provides a sure-fire method for keeping drones out of FAA restricted areas – cut the power. The software system, Safeguard, monitors a drone’s proximity to FAA-designated no-fly-zones such as airports, military zones, and stadiums. Drones that get too close will be instructed to land. Failure to land at this time Safeguard will turn off the drone and it will plummet.
While free falling drones may seem dangerous the creators have assured skeptics Safeguard will mainly be implemented in areas where professionals use drones with few people around rather than crowded hobbyist regions. For example, this program may come in handy during an inspection of power lines near an airport. Since Safeguard will alert the pilot before shutting the drone down there should be very few instances of disarmed and destroyed aircraft.
How to Become a Licensed Michigan Residential Builder or Maintenance & Alterations Contractor
Every Michigan contracting company must employ at least one licensed builder. Obtaining a Residential Builder or Maintenance & Alterations license is the fastest way to increase your earnings and a logical step towards owning your own business. The steps to obtaining a license are the same whether your goal is to become a Residential Builder or a Maintenance & Alterations Contractor.
How to Obtain a Michigan Builder/Maintenance & Alterations License
- Complete an approved 60-hour Prelicensure Course
- Complete a license application and pay a $195 fee to the State of Michigan
Approval takes approximately 2-4 weeks
- Register with PSI for the $111 Builder Exam – Free Exam Prep is provided to LicensetoBuild students
Call (800) 733-9267 to register
MICHIGAN RESIDENTIAL BUILDER | MAINTENANCE & ALTERATIONS FAQ
What can I expect from the 60-hour Prelicensure Course?
The 60-hour course consists of 8 sections, each designed to provide the information necessary to pass the state exam and follow building codes.
- Business of Building
- Marketing for Contractors
- Project Management
- Contracts and Risk Management
- Construction Safety
- Overview of Building Trades
- Building Green
- Residential Code Review
The 60-hour package also includes FREE EXAM PREP!
Where can I take the Michigan Residential Builder/Maintenance and Alterations Exam?
Exams are given in Dearborn, Gaylord, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Marquette, and Southfield.
What can I expect from the Michigan Builder/Maintenance & Alterations Exam?
The exam will consist of two parts:
- Part 1: Business/Law: 50 questions | 75 minutes | must answer 36 correctly
- Part 2: Trades/Practices:
- Residential Builders: 110 questions | 150 minutes | you must answer 73 correctly
- Maintenance & Alteration Trades Exam: Exams vary by trade, between 25 & 50 questions.
What is the difference between a Residential Builder License and a Maintenance & Alterations License?
- Residential builders are licensed to build a new home from the ground up and do repairs.
- Maintenance & Alterations Contractors are licensed to perform specific trades only. You may become licensed in more than one trade but you will have to take an exam for each. Trades include:
- Carpentry (A)
- Concrete (B)
- Insulation Work (G)
- Masonry (I)
- Painting & Decorating (J)
- Siding (K)
- Roofing (M)
- Screen & Storm Sash (N)
- Gutters (O)
- Tile & Marble (P)
- House Wrecking (R)
- Swimming Pools (S)
- Basement Waterproofing (T)
How do I obtain a Michigan commercial builder license?
Residential builders are able to do commercial work by having a licensed architect approve commercial blueprints.
60-HOUR PRELICENSURE COURSE
Washington Real Estate Renewal
How do I renew my Washington real estate broker license?
Washington brokers must renew their license every 2 years on the anniversary of licensure. You will be eligible to renew your license 120 days before your license expires.
- Complete 30 hours of continuing education
Including a 3-hour core course
- Pay the $146.25 renewal fee with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or debit card
- Renew your license online
Where do I find approved Washington real estate broker continuing education?
Real Estate Training Institute offers approved online continuing education courses for Washington brokers. Courses are mobile friendly and available 24/7 on any internet capable device. After completing each course, brokers will be able to print certificates of completion to mail to the state and keep for their own records.
What happens if I am late renewing my Washington broker license?
You will be charged a late fee of $26.50.