Flying drones is now a part of a course of study in many American colleges. This training will eventually help students earn a bachelor’s degree in flying drones. Studies suggest that there is enormous interest among students for the program and it is on the rise for the past 3 years resulting in an increased enrollment in the course by nearly 20 times. There has been a rise in the number of colleges and universities that offer a degree in unmanned aircraft systems across the country. The schools expect a major bump in demand for designing engineers and operators needed to design and run drones.
The Federal Aviation Administration is going to propose rules by September that will permit commercial use of some drones. Some experts also think that the commercial market for UAVs and drones can pose a much bigger potential than that of the military market. When it comes to operating drones in the U.S., it is mostly done by the military and the federal and local governments. Apart from these organizations some approved universities, hobbyists (that use remote control driven drones), and companies contracted by the government can also operate unmanned vehicles.
The FAA is looking to introduce drones into the U.S. airspace and for the purpose it has issued certificates of authorization to firms. These will allow a limited number of approved firms to fly drones as high as 400 feet. These however cannot be flown within five miles of any airport. Spike in the use of drones in various fields assures more demand and scope for drone pilots in the future:
- Drones are being sent over the North Slope of Alaska to collect information for major oil companies that have their drilling operations there
- Commercial drones are also being tested by a few police forces across the country
- CNN has been approved to use drones to gather news
- According to reports, there is extensive scope of drones in the field of precision agriculture. Farmers are expected to use them for targeted spraying of pesticides
- There is also huge scope for drone applications in industries such as mining, security, wildlife preservation and monitoring
Markets eagerly wait for the FAA’s rules of commercial use of drones to be approved. According to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International the economic impact of this industry could result in the creation of 103,000 jobs which would pay a minimum of $40,000 for manufacturers. It promises even more for engineers and operators.
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