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Auburn University Emerges as Nations First UAS Flight School

By Juliet Van Wagenen | April 27, 2015
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Small unmanned aircraft system. Photo: Auburn University
Small Unmanned Aircraft System. Photo: Auburn University

[Avionics Today 04-27-2015] Auburn University has received the nation's first FAA approval to operate a new Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Flight School. The UAS school will operate as part of the existing Auburn University Aviation Center.

"We will conduct commercial flight training for operators of unmanned aircraft systems outdoors and untethered. We will have the ability to offer training courses at different locations here and around the state for Auburn students, faculty, members of other public agencies, and the general public," said Bill Hutto, director of the Auburn University Aviation Center.

The FAA approval requires that operators of unmanned aircraft pass a written exam and a flying test, both of which Auburn will administer, to ensure the students have an understanding of how to safely operate the UAS.

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