Want to take to the skies? You can be a Drone/UAV Operator and command the flight of an unmanned aerial vehicle gathering aerial intelligence around the world or filming a televised sported event … and you never have to leave the ground!
How cool would it be to fly drones for a living? Even though it might seem that you would just be taking a video game one step further, operating drones or unmanned aerial vehicles is a serious job. Pilots must be trained to become skilled operators and be able to fly drones safely, efficiently, and within the Federal Aviation Administration’s regulations.
I know, I know – you think you are already pretty good with your remote-controlled helicopter, why do you need more education? UAVs and drones can be any size or shape and can go from that small hand-held helicopter to very large systems that cost millions of dollars and weigh thousands of pounds. Drone operators are trained pilots and certification is required.
Drone/UAV pilot training is available at the Unmanned Vehicle University in Phoenix, Arizona, where students are required to go through 16 hours of ground school, 10 hours of simulation, and 16 hours of flight training to earn a Drone/UAV Pilot Training Certificate. Drone University USA in Sacramento, California, also offers a commercial operator training and certification program.