Drone operations, when implemented properly, save time, money and effort across numerous industries. The drone industry has grown exponentially in the past few years. In 2015, there were only a few hundred remote pilots available for hire. Thanks to the affordable and accessible Part 107 ruling, that was implemented by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in August 2016, there are now well over 100,000 remote pilots with certification to fly commercially across the U.S.

As enterprises and governments start incorporating drones into their daily workflow, the need for streamlined and efficient training programs has never been greater. DJI, the world's top drone manufacturer, recently partnered with Rocky Mountain Unmanned Systems (RMUS) to expand its Unmanned Aerial Systems Training Center (UTC) program to North America.

The program will utilize RMUS' eight training centers located in Utah, Washington, California, Hawaii, Delaware, Ohio, Texas, and Illinois. Each location will start off using Commercial UAS Training – Level 1, a new curriculum that provides a foundation for developing the knowledge and skills to pilot an unmanned aircraft. Training will be conducted both online and on-site. Compact, lightweight Tello drones from Ryze Robotics will be used for basic flight training.

Once on-site training and the successful passing of an administered exam is completed, individuals will receive UTC certification. The program will be available this June at all eight centers. Learn more and reserve a spot here.

The UTC team will be at the DJI booth (#811) at AUVSI Xponential from April 30th – May 2nd. Attendees are invited to visit and learn more about UTC and the new North American curriculum.