According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), there are 265,092 registered drone pilots in the United States. Aquiline Drones, a CT-based commercial drone solutions company, and Drake State Community and Technical College, a two-year vocational training institution in Huntsville, AL , plan to increase that number — immediately. Specifically, Drake State today announced a five-year partnership with Aquiline Drones (AD) to offer instructor-led online education for drone pilots, making it the only technical college in Alabama to offer a drone program. The program prepares students to take the exam required to become a licensed drone pilot under the FAA.
“For 60 years, Drake State has provided a solid foundation for teaching the most advanced technologies in a hands-on learning environment,” said Dr. Patricia Sims, President of Drake State Community and Technical College.
Drake State offers two courses:
- Drone Operation and UAV Aeronautical Procedures – an introduction to drones that prepares students for the FAA Commercial Drone Pilot (Part 107) certification exam
- Cloud Connected Drone Operations, Computing and Analytics – focuses on digital technologies that enable cloud-connected commercial drone operations and business creation for Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) providers.
dr Sims notes that the US Army Aviation and Missile Command is located at Redstone Arsenal not far from Drake State, so the school plans to target military drone operators who wish to detach from service, along with anyone else looking to improve or want to change their career.
Industrial-grade drones have long been in demand by various branches of the military, most notably the Army and Navy, for secure intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) applications. Autonomous drones coupled with strategically placed sensors and mobile command centers (MCCs) can routinely patrol popular border crossings. With drone swarms and counter-drone swarms considered the future of warfare, the military has shown keen interest in flying, rolling, and floating hardware for a universal system.
“This partnership could not have come at a better time for Drake State in light of current global events and our own unique geographic landscape,” added Dr. Sims added. “We plan to market this to new and prospective students of all ages across our state.”
Aquiline Drones, a commercial drone manufacturer and cloud technology company based in Hartford, Connecticut, launched its Flight to the Future online drone pilot training program as a remedy to America’s staggering unemployment rates due to the ongoing pandemic. Barry Alexander, Founder and CEO of Aquiline Drones, not only attracted applicants from all parts of the country and from a variety of industries, but also noted that numerous requests came from several community colleges in the area that offer this training as a certification course only .
Both courses offered at Drake State are one month long and are available year round beginning June 2022. See drakestate.edu for more information.
With these compelling courses, we not only offer an exciting high-tech journey, but also prepare participants to enter a rapidly evolving industry with a potential market share of $127 billion!” said Barry Alexander, Founder and Chairman of Aquiline drones “We create limitless employment opportunities in this fast-growing field and know that graduates from Drake State will reap these benefits.”
About Drake State Community and Technical College
Drake State Community & Technical College offers flexible, affordable graduate and technical degrees, certification, adult and continuing education, and tailored skills training to meet the diverse workforce needs of employers in Northern Alabama and beyond. As a 2-year community college, we offer hands-on training for those looking to join the workforce or for those already in the workforce who want to further their education. Visit drakestate.edu for more information
About Aquiline drones
Aquiline Drones Corporation (AD) is an American progressive drone manufacturer and cloud solutions company based in the financial district of Hartford, Connecticut. Through Aquiline Drones Indemnity Corporation, the Company insures its continuum of products and services and those of its partners and affiliates. Founded by CEO Barry Alexander, AD’s core management consists of highly experienced aviators, systems engineers, IT gurus, military personnel (including veterans) and business strategists. AD delivers a vertically integrated mix of products and services. These include an aviation cloud for commercial drones, a US-based drone manufacturing facility, drone maintenance-repair-overhaul (MRO) services, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) solutions for large corporations and governments, a superior suite of Spartacus drone products, a robust UAS training academy, and the country’s first “drone-on-demand” service, allowing customers to order drone services through a proprietary mobile app. AD’s full spectrum of technology solutions are applicable to countless industries and environments for superior data processing and real-time insights. Visit www.AquilineDrones.com for more informations.