Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Top flight-training school Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and other universities have created majors for students interested in unmanned aerial vehicles. As the Federal Aviation Administration prepares to let unmanned aircraft operate in the national airspace, universities are getting into the act with programs to fly and build drones. They’re catering to a new generation of pilots who have no interest in getting airborne themselves. The drone industry worldwide is expected to grow to $11.3 billion annually by 2021. (Source: Bloomberg, 04/16/12) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts and Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.; military base in the region are involved in using UAVs.