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UD PCS drone program responds to industry needs

Novice and advanced classes offered

A 2017 article in Time magazine listed drone traffic controller as one of “The 6 Jobs Everyone Will Want in 2040.” With companies like Amazon and Google testing ways to deliver packages by drone, corporate job openings are inevitable and government agencies are looking at how to regulate the drones through an air traffic system similar to what airplane pilots use.

Though 2040 is more than 20 years away, there are plenty of occupations utilizing unmanned aerial systems (UAS) today, including police, fire and rescue personnel, engineers, real estate agents, photographers and roofers. Some of the other many commercial uses for drones include movie shoots, marketing and advertising, precision agriculture, construction design and building inspection, scientific observation, environmental monitoring and security surveillance.

The FAA Aerospace Forecast for Fiscal Years 2018-2038 reported there will be “tremendous opportunities for growth in employment associated with commercial activities of the UAS.” Inc. magazine said as the registered commercial drone fleet climbs, every few new drones creates at least one job, at a minimum, to maintain, deploy and operationalize the asset. As a result of this, a workforce of about 400,000 is being created in just a few years.

In response to this need, the University of Delaware’s Division of Professional Continuing Studies (UD PCS) has revamped its drone training program to provide in-demand, multifaceted training. The new Professional Drone Pilot Training Academy provides comprehensive UAS training to drone novices and advanced users alike. Courses include Ground School and FAA Part 107 Test Prep, Foundations of Flight, Matrice M210 Operator Proficiency, D3P™ Drone Program Manager Proficiency Training, and Night Operations and Thermal Imaging.

Designed to be completed over a single weekend, each of the Professional Drone Pilot Training programs are conducted by FAA-licensed unmanned aircraft pilots from Adam Ringle Consulting (ARC). Training program content is provided by ARC and Rocky Mountain Unmanned Systems (RMUS).

For more information about UD’s Professional Drone Pilot Training Academy, visit pcs.udel.edu/drones, email continuing-ed@udel.edu, or call 302-831-7600.

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