Florence schools to offer drone pilot's license for students


    Florence schools to offer drone pilot’s license for students. (Credit: Tonya Brown)

    Florence 1 Schools is offering a program that teaches students how to learn how to fly drones and earn a remote pilot’s license through a partnership with AINautics UAV Academy.

    The district held a news conference Friday morning to talk about the program and the many advantages of it.

    Students who are enrolled in engineering classes at South Florence and Wilson High Schools, or the computer coding class at Wilson High, will be offered the opportunity to take the course.

    A news release said:

    Beginning January 22nd and continuing for the next 16 weeks during the spring semester of 2019, Florence 1 Schools is providing a unique opportunity for its high school students to gain a remote pilot license. Students who are enrolled in engineering classes at South Florence and West Florence, as well as the computer coding class at Wilson High, will be offered the iFLY Drone Pilots certification course.
    Bloomberg news service reported that the drone business is expected to rocket more than 6,000 percent by the end of the decade. (Source: Bloomberg) AUSVI reports that the widespread commercial use of drones is predicted to inject $13.6 billion in the United States economy over the next three years, and create 70,000 jobs in both drone manufacturing and flight operations.

    Several students, who intend to enroll in the program, said they’re very excited about it and the opportunities it presents.

    Jean Leatherman with ERA Leatherman Realty, Inc. talked about drones are being used in the real estate business. Leatherman encourages students to enroll in the program because jobs are available now.

    Mindy Taylor with Duke Energy also stressed how energy companies are using drones. Taylor said the program is wonderful for students and she encouraged them to learn all they can from it.

    According to the course description, “iFLY is an innovative program designed by AINautics UAV Academy and STEM U, LLC. It connects youth ages 16–18 to the Drone Industry become certified FAA Remote Pilot. A team of FAA Certified Flight Instructors, UAV Academy experts, and commercial pilots teach the course. The course is designed to prepare high school students for the certification. “

    For more information about that drone pilot certification, you can call Chris Rogers at 843-673-1157.

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