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Ohio college applies for clearance to train students on UAVs

October 3, 2011, 04:21 pm

According to the Dayton Daily News, school officials at Sinclair Community College in Springfield, Ohio, have requested that the Federal Aviation Administration grant their students permission to train on unmanned aerial vehicles at nearby Springfield Air National Guard Base.

Sinclair Community College, which trains airplane pilots, hopes to implement a UAV training curriculum in the coming years, and has proposed an initial program that would train student UAV operators with instructors at the Springfield Base.

The school, which developed a comprehensive curriculum for unmanned aerial systems that includes both drone operation and data analysis from sensors on the aircraft, has reportedly purchased two UAV systems valued at about $35,000 each, according to the source.

Proponents of UAV instruction in Ohio say that aviation students in the state are at a disadvantage, as the closest approved training ground is near Columbus, Indiana. If granted by the FAA, the school's UAV authorization would be valid for one year, according to the source.

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