Education & Research

Birmingham Company Now Offering UAS Training Program

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 28, 2016

Birmingham, Ala.-based Viper Drones, a company specializing in the integration of thermal imaging systems on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), is expanding its offerings to include a comprehensive UAS training program. From those with no prior aeronautical knowledge to students already [Read More]

AT&T Chips in for Miami Dade College’s UAS Training Program

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 27, 2016

AT&T has contributed $25,000 to Miami, Fla.-based Miami Dade College’s (MDC) DronesUp program, an eight-week training course providing live flight sessions and lectures to master the art of safe drone operations. Through a collaboration between MDC’s Eig-Watson School of Aviation, [Read More]

Virginia Launches ‘Emerging Drone Industry Cluster’ Initiative

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 27, 2016

Drone Airspace Management (DAM) and Aurora Flight Sciences have joined the office of U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., in announcing the launch of the Virginia Emerging Drone Industry Cluster program. The purpose of the program, which will span three years, [Read More]

Makeblock Launches DIY Visual Programming Drone for Ages 8+

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 26, 2016

Makeblock Co. Ltd. has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for a modular and visual programming drone called Airblock. Airblock is made of magnetic, modular parts that connect together to form a drone or hovercraft. According to Makeblock, beginners can put Airblock [Read More]

Unmanned Safety Institute Joins FAA Program; UAS Course Made Available

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 18, 2016

The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), a subsidiary of ARGUS International Inc., has been accepted as a training provider to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Safety Team (FAASTeam) Program. USI has also made available its Small UAS Safety Ground School course [Read More]

South Carolina Goes Big for Drone Discovery Month

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 14, 2016

With more than 16 registered events, 1,085 participants and 92 volunteers, Drone Discovery will have a strong presence in South Carolina this month, according to an announcement from Clemson, S.C.-based Clemson University. Youth will conduct the Drone Discovery challenge throughout [Read More]

College in Cleveland Offers Drone Academy for First Responders

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 05, 2016

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), based in Cleveland, is kicking off a drone academy designed specifically for public safety departments. The inaugural academy, hosted by the college’s Public Safety Center of Excellence, will be held Oct. 10-14 at the KeyBank Public [Read More]

Maine College Rolls out UAV Training Course

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 03, 2016

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 [Read More]

NYC Youth Attending Cornell’s Drone Discovery Day in Brooklyn

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 03, 2016

Cornell University’s Cornell Cooperative Extension New York City (CUCE-NYC) is hosting a Drone Discovery day in Brooklyn, N.Y., this Friday. According to the Cornell Chronicle, 300-400 children in New York City will come to the event to “design and fly [Read More]

Drone USA Green-Lighted for UAV Testing at Portuguese Island

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 03, 2016

Drone USA Inc., a New York City-based developer and manufacturer of low-altitude unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and related technologies, has inked a deal that will allow the company to test UAVs at the airport of Santa Maria island, located in [Read More]

New Unmanned Systems Association Launches in Virginia

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 26, 2016

Several companies recently formed the Unmanned Systems Association of Virginia (USAV), a nonprofit coalition focused on promoting a legal and regulatory framework that supports innovation, collaboration and growth in the state’s unmanned systems industry. According to the group, the founding [Read More]

You Can Now Make and Fly a Drone Out of Legos – Over and Over Again

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 22, 2016

The Flybrix DIY kit allows users to build Lego drones, fly them, crash them and then start all over again – all while using STEM concepts.

Alaska High School Preps Students to Become Commercial UAS Pilots

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 22, 2016

Anchorage, Alaska-based South Anchorage High School is reportedly offering a class to get its students prepped to become commercial unmanned aircraft system (UAS) pilots. An article from KTUU says drone company Alaska Aerial Media is volunteering its training for the [Read More]

Mizzou’s Drone Journalism Program Offering UAS Seminar

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 20, 2016

The University of Missouri’s Missouri Drone Journalism program is offering a workshop on Saturday, Oct. 8, to provide education on the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for journalists. According to the university, the one-day seminar will focus on rules [Read More]

500 Middle-Schoolers Gear up for University’s UAS Roadshow

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 19, 2016

On Sept. 26, 500 middle school students will be arriving at New Mexico State University (NMSU) for an “Unmanned Aircraft Systems Roadshow,” which, according to the university, will teach them science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts. NMSU says the [Read More]

UAVUS Offering UAV Ground School Training for Members

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 13, 2016

The U.S. Association of Unmanned Aerial Videographers (UAVUS) has partnered with to provide Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 test preparation for its members. The UAV Ground School (UAVGS) program is produced by Gold Seal, which has prepared more [Read More]

UND Gets Nearly $1M in Support of Drone Ag Research

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 12, 2016

U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, has announced the National Science Foundation’s award of nearly $1 million to support the University of North Dakota’s (UND) unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) agricultural research. According to [Read More]

Lockheed Martin, Polish University Work on Command and Control of UAVs

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 08, 2016

Poland’s Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) and Lockheed Martin have successfully demonstrated their unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) optimization technologies by using aerial command and control (C2) of multiple UAVs. The demonstration marks another milestone in the joint WUT-Lockheed Martin advanced [Read More]

Commercial Drone Alliance: New FAA Committee Needs More Industry Diversity

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 02, 2016

According to the Commercial Drone Alliance (CDA), the newly chosen members of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) drone advisory committee (DAC) do not accurately reflect the true diversity of the commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry. Although it “applauds the [Read More]

FAA Reveals Members of Long-Term Drone Advisory Committee

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 01, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced the members of its long-term drone advisory committee (DAC), which will hold a public meeting in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 16. Held at 9:00 a.m. at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, [Read More]