Through New FAA Approval, Rhode Island College Developing UAS Curriculum

Providence, R.I.-based Rhode Island College (RIC) says it has become the first college in the state to receive a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) exemption for commercial drone operations.

According to RIC, the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) will be used “in support of technology education and communication programs.”

The college says the aircraft can be flown over campus up to 400 feet (thanks to the 400-foot blanket Certificate of Waiver or Authorization now attached to Section 333 exemptions), as well as other areas of Rhode Island.

In addition, the college says it plans to develop a 16-credit drone curriculum “specific to drone operation, ethics and safety” – which, if approved by the FAA and the state’s Council on Postsecondary Education, will be offered to the public at RIC’s Langevin Center for Design, Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing.


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