Drone Pilot Training Takes Flight in Delaware

Delawareans can now become FAA-certified drone pilots 

A dozen aspiring drone drivers have hit the classroom for training, thanks to a Delaware Department of Labor grant.

Delaware-based Drone Workforce Solutions (DWS) began its inaugural class in September, in which students will undergo 70-hour, 10-week drone training course on the mechanics of flying, aviation safety and the aeronautical information needed to become a certified and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) licensed commercial drone pilot.

“Our students will receive a top-notch education in drone technology that will help them seize job opportunities in this $100 billion dollar industry,” said Drone Workforce Solutions CEO and General Counsel Theophilus R. Nix, Jr.

Earlier this year, the Delaware Department of Labor, Division of Employment & Training awarded a grant to the private company to fund tuition for students enrolled in the drone workforce solutions course. Students are expected to master FAA’s regulations for drone operators, learn how to assemble and maintain a drone, and experience hands-on, in-field flight coaching.

According to Drone Workforce Solutions, industries spanning construction, agriculture, law enforcement, media, utilities, infrastructure, entertainment, construction and real estate have identified drones as a key investment priority for future growth and efficiency.

DWS is currently seeking interested aspiring drone pilots for their next class scheduled for the Spring of 2018. Candidates can learn more at www.droneworkforcesolutions.com.

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