Drake state adopts Aquiline Drones’ specialized training program into curriculum

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), there are 265,092 licensed drone pilots registered in the U.S.  Aquiline Drones, a CT-based commercial drone solutions company and Drake State Community and Technical College, a two-year vocational educational institution in Huntsville, AL, are planning on increasing that total – immediately.  Specifically, Drake State today announced a five-year partnership with Aquiline Drones (AD) to offer online, instructor-guided drone pilot training, making it the only technical college in Alabama to offer a drone program.  The program will prepare students to take the exam required to become a licensed drone pilot under the FAA.

“For 60 years, Drake State has built a solid foundation on teaching the most advanced technologies in a hands-on learning environment,” said Dr. Patricia Sims, President of Drake State Community and Technical College.

Drake State will offer two courses:

  • Drone Operation and UAV Aeronautical Procedures – an introduction to drones, that prepares students for the FAA Commercial Drone Pilot (Part 107) certification exam
  • Cloud Connected Drone Operations, Computing and Analytics – focused on digital technologies that are enabling cloud-connected commercial drone operations and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) provider business formation.

Dr. Sims notes that the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal is located a short distance from Drake State and thus, the school plans on targeting military drone operators that are seeking to separate from service along with anyone else looking to improve or change their career. 

Industrial-grade drones have long been in demand by various branches of the military, especially the Army and Navy for safe intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) use cases.  Autonomous drones coupled with strategically placed sensors and mobile command centers (MCCs), can routinely patrol popular border crossings.  Since drone swarms and counter drone swarms are considered the future of warfare, the military has taken a keen interest in both the hardware that flies, rolls and swims for a universal system.

“This partnership could not have come at a better time for Drake State in terms of the current global events and our own particular geographical landscape,” adds Dr. Sims. “We plan on marketing this all across our state to new and prospective students of all ages.”

Aquiline Drones, a commercial drone manufacturer and cloud technology company in Hartford, Conn, created its Flight to the Future online drone pilot training program as a remedy for America’s staggering unemployment rates due to the ongoing pandemic.  Besides attracting applicants from all parts of the country and from a diversity of industries, Aquiline Drones Founder and CEO Barry Alexander noticed that numerous inquiries resulted from several community colleges in the area, which offer that training as only a certification course. 

Both courses offered at Drake State will take one month to complete and be available year-round starting June 2022. Visit drakestate.edu for additional information.

Not only are we offering an exciting high-tech journey with these compelling courses, but we are also priming its participants to enter a rapidly accelerating industry with a potential market share of $127 billion!” said Barry Alexander, Founder and Chairman of Aquiline Drones.  “We are creating limitless job opportunities in this rapidly growing space and know that Drake State graduates will reap those benefits.”

About Drake State Community and Technical College

Drake State Community & Technical College offers flexible, affordable university-transfer and technical degrees, certificates, adult and continuing education, and customized skills training to fulfill the diverse workforce need of employers in North Alabama and beyond. As a 2-year community college, we provide hands-on training for individuals looking to enter the workforce or those already in the workforce who are looking to skill up. Visit drakestate.edu for more information

About Aquiline Drones

Aquiline Drones Corporation (AD) is a progressive American drone manufacturer and cloud solutions company located in the financial district of Hartford, Connecticut. Through Aquiline Drones Indemnity Corporation, the company insures its continuum of products and services, as well as those of its partners and affiliates.  Founded by CEO Barry Alexander, AD’s core management comprises highly experienced aviators, systems engineers, IT gurus, military personnel (including veterans), and business strategists.  AD delivers a vertically integrated blend of products and services. These include an aviation cloud for commercial drones, U.S.-based drone manufacturing, drone “maintenance-repair-overhaul” (MRO) services, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) solutions for large enterprises and governments, a superior line of Spartacus drone products, a robust UAS training academy, and the country’s first ‘drone-on-demand’ service enabling customers to order drone services through a proprietary mobile app. AD’s full spectrum of technological solutions is widely applicable across countless industries and environments for superior, real-time data processing and insights. Visit www.AquilineDrones.com for more information.

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