As the home of the Wright Brothers in Dayton, Ohio has a rich tradition in aviation history. So it’s no wonder that Gem City is making history again in unmanned aviation.
Last week, Sinclair Community College awarded its first bachelor’s degree in unmanned aerial systems.
Samuel Bryan and Preston Moore hope to use their degrees to advance careers in the drone industry.
“Sinclair’s UAS undergraduate program is very hands-on. Instead of just studying and finding out for yourself, work in the lab on design, 3D printing, building, manufacturing and repairing broken vehicles. Just a wealth of hands-on exercises to better prepare you for a career in unmanned aerial systems, ”said Moore.
Moore’s love of video games first drew him to the program. He says he will use the degree to present real estate as a broker.
“What I love most about Sinclair’s UAS program is how practical everything is and how they encourage us to be creative with our ideas,” said Bryan.
“The instructors want to discuss ideas with us so they can help us turn a dream into a reality. We expand on things that might sound really crazy, but anything is possible. I really love the way you encourage creativity in this program. “
Moore agrees, “The professors here take care of this and want you to expand your knowledge outside of class. They encourage you to keep researching, learning more, and developing new methods. Sinclair has really helped me achieve my goals as I pursue a career in the UAS industry. “
Sinclair has been a major player in drone training over the past few years. In 2019, the college’s National UAS Training and Certification Center partnered with North Carolina-based Elizabeth City State University to advance drone research and training. The program focuses on UAV training programs with classroom and online instruction, drone simulation programs and live exercises.
To kick off the program, the two colleges demonstrated a joint exercise that connects each campus via high-fidelity Simlat UAS training software and the Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) skills program. In addition to virtual UAV operations carried out in both Sinclair and ECSU, manned manned flights and drone flights also take place in Ohio.
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