ROME, NY – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) for its Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS-CTI) Collegiate Training Initiative program.
Through this collaboration, the college will provide up-to-date training to meet National Airspace System requirements to students in the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) degree program.
The initiative will be in effect for three years. To qualify, colleges must offer a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or a degree with a minor, concentration, or certificate in UAS. The curriculum should cover various aspects of UAS training, including practical flight practice, maintenance, uses, applications, privacy issues, safety, and federal policies regarding UAS.
“We are only one of the few colleges in the country to offer a comprehensive program in advanced RPAS technology, through which students learn skills to design, build, test, fly and apply remotely piloted aircraft,” said the MVCC professor Bill Judycki in a press release. “We are the only college in the country that trains students to fly both a sophisticated multirotor and a fixed-wing aircraft capable of centimeter precision in photogrammetry and LIDAR, as well as flight training on a flight simulator. theft of $250,000.”
MVCC’s RPAS program prepares students for emerging jobs in agriculture, inspections, and emergency services using the latest mapping and photogrammetry software and remote sensing packages such as thermal, multispectral, and 3D LiDar. Students also use MVCC’s FABLab to explore the modeling and fabrication of designs created using AutoCAD and learn about Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and capabilities. remote sensing systems used in RPAS operations.
The college is a member of the NUAIR Alliance, a coalition of 200 entities working together to operate and oversee RPAS testing in three states. Based in Syracuse, NUAIR supports the RPAS test site at Rome’s Griffiss International Airport.
Funding for the work of MVCC and its partners to align specific professional skills for semester-long microtitling comes from an award from the National Science Foundation. The award also funded the purchase of an mdLiDAR1000 Microdrone and sensors for agriculture and infrastructure inspection, as well as a supercomputer for processing flight data.