Aviation Institute of Maintenance exposes JROTC Cadets to key aspects of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry with a focus on drone pilot training.  This course is designed to prepare students to obtain their Remote Pilot Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration.

man operating of flying drone quadrocopter at sunset

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) expands unmanned aerial systems (drone) training to selected JROTC Cadets from the North Carolina and South Carolina metro area. This comes as a response to the growth of aerospace innovation and commercial use of unmanned aircraft in major metropolitan areas across the U.S.

AIM will offer this training to 120 cadets nominated to participate through the JROTC Leadership Summer Sessions program.  This two-week training program will run from June 10, 2019 through June 21, 2019 at Lower Richland High School in Columbia, South Carolina.  The program teaches students the history of unmanned aircraft, their various uses, the development of governmental regulations relating to drone use, and explores future opportunities in this growing field of aviation.  Alex Diaz, Campus Executive Director at Aviation Institute of Maintenance states, “Helping prepare cadets for future careers in aviation with industry leading curriculum is in tune with our mission at Aviation Institute of Maintenance. AIM has been at the forefront of aviation training for over 20 years and we are excited to continue that tradition.”

Specific topics covered in the drone course include airspace classifications, operating requirements, and various flight restrictions affecting small unmanned aircraft operation. Additional areas of learning include: the effects of weather on drone performance, aircraft loading, emergency procedures, radio communication procedures, drone maintenance and pre-flight inspection procedures, and more.

AIM is working with Little Arms Ltd. for the use of their Zephyr drone flight simulator software.  This robust training program will prepare the cadets to take the FAA Unmanned Aircraft General (UAG) pilot exam, which is required to obtain their FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate.  “Learning how to operate unmanned aircraft systems and receiving the FAA 107 certificate places these cadets on the leading edge of the future of aviation,” says Michael Sasso, Director of Education at Aviation Institute of Maintenance. “This also affords students the opportunity to fill the upcoming demand for drone pilots and create jobs for our up and coming young aviators”.

About Aviation Institute of Maintenance

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with campuses coast-to-coast across the United States and headquarters located in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the increasing global demands of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers.  AIM graduates are eligible to take the FAA exams necessary to obtain their mechanic’s certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant.  AIM’s campuses are located in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Mo., Fremont, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and Norfolk, Va. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.

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