Supporters of UAV flight training site plan pitch to FAA


Supporters of UAV flight training site plan pitch to FAA

Dayton Daily News – DAYTON — College, corporate and Air Force officials got together on a snowy day in January 2010 to discuss ways to create a national education and training organization for unmanned aircraft in Dayton.

The participants included representatives of the Dayton Development Coalition, Air Force Research Laboratory, U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, engineering and aerial mapping company Woolpert Inc., unmanned aircraft builder Co-Operative Engineering Services Inc., the University of Dayton, Wright State University and the host, Sinclair Community College.

More than a year later, leaders of that group are fine-tuning a proposal to ask the Federal Aviation Administration to designate airspace that could be used for educational and training flights of small unmanned aerial vehicles at low altitudes. It would support an envisioned training program of classroom courses, online offerings, flight simulators and hands-on flying, said Deborah Norris, Sinclair’s vice president for workforce development and corporate services.


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