Auburn to Operate Country’s First Authorized Unmanned Flight School
April 10, 2015
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  • Eagles will soon have some company flying around the Auburn University campus.

    The Federal Aviation Administration is allowing the school to operate a new Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Flight School. The school will operate as part of the Auburn University Aviation Center.

    “This is an honor for Auburn University,” says Auburn University Aviation Center director Bill Hutto, “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.”

    Hutto says the school says this approval requires UAS operators to pass a written exam and a flying test.

    “It ensures that the operators have a good understanding of how to safely and properly operate an unmanned aircraft system,”

    Auburn wanted to add this addition to it’s aviation center as businesses, governments and farmers are expected to use these vehicles more frequently as FAA regulations continue to relax.