Aquiline Drones to Offer Classes at 17 Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Starting This Fall – Connecticut by the Numbers

Based in Hartford Aquiline Drones Corporation (AD), Connecticut’s only drone manufacturing and technology company, has signed a multi-year agreement to offer its entire drone pilot certification program online through the 17 institutions that make up the State College system and University (CSCU) of Connecticut.

The robust online training program consists of two semester-long courses, including preparing students to take the exam required to become Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified drone pilots.

“This is a proven program that will launch undergraduate and graduate students, as well as adult learners and military veterans on an upward trajectory in a field of study that is experiencing exponential growth,” said Barry Alexander, CEO of Aquiline Drones. “Our streamlined course will provide them with a solid foundation and unique skill set in one of the most advanced emerging technology sectors, ensuring tools for employment and business success.”

Specifically, the course will be delivered online in two modules, allowing students to complete each at their own pace. The content is as follows:

Module 1: Introduction to Commercial Drones – guides students through the commercial drone process, FAA regulations, aerodynamics, aviation, weather theory, operating requirements, and procedures for safely flying commercial drones while preparing them for the FAA Commercial Drone Pilot (Part 107) certification exam.

Unit 2: Cloud Connected Drone Operations – introduces digital technologies that enable cloud-connected commercial drone operations, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), videography, instructions for creating a business plan, and career development information in piloting commercial drones, including the development of marketing materials.

The following universities and colleges are currently under contract with CSCU to deliver the new online courses: Asnuntuck Community College, Capital Community College, Gateway Community College, Housatonic Community College, Manchester Community College, Middlesex Community College, Naugatuck Valley Community College, Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Norwalk Community College, Quinebaug Valley Community College, Three Rivers Community College, Tunxis Community College, Central Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Southern Connecticut State University and Western Connecticut State University and Charter Oak State College.

Southern Connecticut State University already offers students a five-module non-credit program, Drone Academy, aimed at both enthusiastic hobbyists and professionals who wish to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for the use of drones, aerial photography and videography, preparation for FAA certification exams and Computational Photography and 3D Mapping.

AD created its online drone pilot training program – Flight to the Future – during the pandemic to address staggering unemployment rates in the United States and prepare the workforce for opportunities in the drone sector, have officials explained. In addition to attracting candidates from all parts of the country in various industries, the company has received many requests from higher education institutions that want to offer the training as a certification course to their student body.

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