Wed, Jun 22, 2011
Pilot, Non-Pilot Tracks Cover All Aspects Of UAS
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach
campus will launch a B.S. in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
Science degree program in the Fall 2011 semester. Open to U.S.
citizens who have a basic background in math and physics, this new
program is designed to help meet the growing demand for skilled UAS
pilots and operators.
Unmanned aircraft are becoming crucial tools for fire-fighting,
disaster relief, law enforcement, and military expeditions, among
others, mainly because they keep pilots out of harm’s way
while allowing those pilots to perform as well as they would if
they were inside the cockpit. Ted Beneigh, professor of
aeronautical science and program coordinator of the new degree,
said, “Embry-Riddle stands ready to provide
educated,well-qualified personnel to this new and important field
that promises to revolutionize aviation.”
The B.S. in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science will focus on the
operations aspect of UAS, preparing students for such roles as
pilot, observer, sensor operator, or operations administrator. The
program offers two tracks – the pilot track is for students
who are interested in flight operations from the pilot’s
perspective, while the non-pilot track is for students seeking a
career as a sensor operator or a support position.
Both tracks will cover basic engineering topics, hazardous and
long-duration operations, international airspace, and regulatory
restrictions in the United States.
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