The demand for Unmanned Aircraft Systems has moved from military drone usage and created a whole new world of civilian uses just waiting to be operated.
Therefore more and more UAS Universities with aviation programs are offering programs for students – some of them even have added majors in unmanned aerial systems.
The FAA predicts that 10,000 remote-piloted aircrafts will be operating in American airspace within five years. “It’s a rising new frontier of aviation,” said Andrew R. Lacher, a researcher at the Mitre Corporation, a nonprofit organization that does extensive work for the government on drones.
“Just about anything you do with aviation today, you can do with unmanned aerial vehicles in the future.”
Majoring in the field is certainly not required but it’s a competitive advantage. Some students will go on to earn six figures, depending on skill level required, said Alexander J. Mirot, coordinator of Embry-Riddle’s UAS universities program. Experts predict that the unmanned vehicles will offer better job prospects than the airlines. Indeed, drone operators could end up flying full-size airplanes.
In addition to aerodynamics, propulsion and other systems of an aircraft, students specializing in unmanned aerial systems also learn about the peculiarities of drones: the telemetry, including antenna design, that links them to the ground-based pilot, as well as the sensors they will design and operate for monitoring crops, pipelines, power lines and other targets.
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