July 27, 2022

AquilineDrones CT 400x275Aquiline Drones, which develops drones and associated technologies, has announced a multi-year agreement to offer its entire online drone pilot certification curriculum through the 17 institutions in the Connecticut State College and University system (CSCU).

The online training program includes two semester-length courses, including preparation for students to take the exam required to become licensed 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 growing exponentially,” 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, thereby ensuring tools for employment and business success.

The two modules include:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Commercial Drones. This course 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. No prerequisites are needed.
  • Module 2: Cloud Connected Drone Operations. This module introduces digital technologies that enable cloud-connected commercial drone operations, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), videography, instructions for creating a business plan, and information about career development in flying commercial drones, including developing marketing material. Module 1 completion or an FAA Part 107 license is required.

Universities and Colleges in Connecticut that will provide these new online courses include 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.

Upon completion of the course, graduates will have a viable entry into employment with an opportunity to own a commercial drone business supported and flexibly financed by Aquiline Drones, the company said. “Essentially, we are creating both a demand for emerging drone services, as well as a supply of drone operator graduates to fulfill them, thus fostering a powerful workforce development cycle,” said Alexander.

The drone pilot training course will be available year-round, starting in July through any of the above listed colleges and universities. The Module 1 cost is $1,200, and is $1,600 for Module 2. The CSCU said it is currently exploring veterans benefits to assist with tuition.

For more details on Aquiline Drones, visit its website here.