On Oct. 9, from 4-5:00 p.m., University of Maine at Augusta’s Brunswick Center will host an information session on their unmanned aircraft systems courses and certification at 12 Sewall St. at Brunswick Landing.  This event is free and open to the public. High school students, college students, parents, adults in career transition, educators and professionals are welcome.  

Unmanned Aircraft Systems, commonly referred to as drones, have become an increasingly important part of the business aviation fleet as the FAA develops rules to safely integrate these aircraft into the National Airspace System, according to a news release from the university, and that businesses are required to have trained pilots to operate UAVs. 

The university cites the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, stating drone systems integration in the next 15 years is expected to contribute $82.1 billion to the nation’s economy by agriculture, public safety and other activities and 103,776 new jobs will be created. 

The University of Maine at Augusta provides for the study of unmanned aircraft systems through credit and non-credit coursework and as part of the Advanced Certificate in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations. The program provides the student with the skills and knowledge to be successful as a drone pilot and operator.For more information visit: https://www.uma.edu/academics/programs/aviation/uas/ 

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