With unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) becoming more popular, the FAA has granted Auburn University approval to operate a new UAS Flight School as part of its Aviation Center. Auburn hopes to launch it’s program in June, and will open the non-credit classes to anyone interested, not just Auburn students. “The reaction has been overwhelming,” said Bill Hutto, director of Auburn’s Aviation Center. “We’ve gotten inquires from as far away as Oregon State.” While the curriculum is still evolving, Hutto anticipates offering courses in pipeline inspection, use in agriculture and law enforcement and more.
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen was one of several aviation leaders who took part in the National Aeronautic Association and National Aviation Hall of Fame’s Sustainability and Innovation: Ensuring the Future of Aviation webinar on Sept. 10, 2020, to share perspectives on the industry’s environmental efforts.
The advanced air mobility sector offers the prospect of a convenient alternative to traditional transportation. However, for this emerging industry to reach its fullest potential it must gain the support of the general public.