The University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) says it has become the first institution of higher learning in the state to offer a course on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Scheduled to begin on Oct. 27 at the Augusta campus, the seven-week course will offer a path for individuals to earn a remote pilot’s license from the Federal Aviation Administration, says UMA. The non-credit course will be open to the general public.
“There is a strong job market for licensed UAV pilots,” says James F. Conneely, president of the university. “Serving the need to train UAV pilots will most certainly lead to economic growth for the state of Maine – attracting business investment or sparking development.”
UMA says it is well positioned to expand its aviation program to incorporate UAV training as a fourth-year option in the Bachelor’s in Aviation degree program.