The workforce development office of Dayton, Ohio-based Sinclair Community College has submitted applications for two new certificates of authorization (COAs) to operate a new unmanned aerial system (UAS) platform at Wilmington Air Park and Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport.
Pending approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Sinclair says its UAS Training and Certification Center will be permitted to operate a Lockheed Martin Indago vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) UAS at both airports.
According to Sinclair, the UAS would be the college's first quadcopter in its fleet of platforms. A quadcopter, the college notes, has the ability to hover above a fixed point.
Sinclair reports that the VTOL capabilities of the Indago provide training opportunities that support first responder applications and apply to smaller airspace areas where Sinclair's fixed-wing UAS cannot operate. Sinclair adds that upon delivery of the platform and approval of the COAs, the college will complete required UAS crew training to facilitate Sinclair-led flight and training operations in the summer and fall.
Sinclair notes that it currently holds six COAs to operate three fixed-wing UAS at both the Wilmington Air Park and Springfield-Beckley locations. The college says its UAS program focuses on practical, real-world applications of emerging non-military vehicles and sensor technologies delivered through classroom instruction, lab simulations and hands-on operations.