26 Mar '13, 1pm

Going Back to School for Drone Pilot Training: There will be 10 000 commercial drones by 2018. They’ll need pilots

Well, we have a mix. We have a bachelor of science in unmanned aircraft sciences, and that’s different than the engineers here that, you know, design and develop the system. These students are focused on flying, operating, and the business of unmanned systems. So they’re split. There’s a pilot track, and there’s an operations track. Those students in the pilot’s track also earn FAA certification and ratings for manned flight through the commercial and instrument levels, so they are real pilots for manned aircraft as well. And what we see from the career field is often, especially with some of the government agencies, that when they hire an unmanned aircraft systems pilot, that pilot also flies manned systems. And we have seen others, you know, some private enterprises, that hired unmanned pilots, and they didn’t fly manned systems at all.

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