Northland Group & Technical Faculty Chosen for Federal Aviation Administration Coaching Program – Drones Information


Twenty-six facilities across the country were selected for the unmanned aircraft systems training program. August 2020

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected Northland’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technician Program (Drones) for the Collegiate Training Program (UAS-CTI) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

Introduced in April this year, the UAS-CTI is the result of the FAA Reorganization Act of 2018, which provided for the establishment of a program of collegiate training initiatives related to unmanned aerial vehicle systems (UAS).

The FAA’s UAS-CTI program recognizes institutions that prepare students for careers in UAS, commonly known as drones. To qualify for the initiative, schools must offer a bachelor’s or associate degree at UAS, or a minor, concentration, or certificate degree from UAS. Schools are required to provide curricula that cover various aspects of UAS training, including practical flight practice, maintenance, use, applications, privacy concerns, safety, and federal guidelines regarding UAS.

“Northland aerospace maintenance training programs drive the industry to consistently excellence,” said Curtis Zoller, assistant dean of aerospace and agriculture, Northland. ”

Participating institutions will work with the FAA, other participants, general industry, local governments, law enforcement agencies and regional business development agencies to meet labor demand.

In addition, these new UAS-CTI partners will support the FAA’s efforts to expand the future aviation workforce and provide additional opportunities for science, engineering, engineering, and math (STEM) students.

“This name is an example of Northland’s continued commitment to support the UAS industry and the workforce it needs,” said Zoller. “With technology moving at a rapid pace, Northland is committed to preparing technicians for the challenges that await them.”

Northland Aerospace has been leading unmanned aerial vehicle systems (UAS) and geographic information technology (GIT) educational developments since 2010 with the launch of the country’s first UAS maintenance training program.

Northland Aerospace currently has the only two-year study program in Geospatial Intelligence Analysis and started a small study program for UAS field technicians in 2017.

Northland has also been recognized for several projects in the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Program. The most recent NSF award is a $ 7 million grant to establish the National Center for Autonomous Technologies (NCAT).

As an Advanced Technical Education Center, NCAT leads the country’s autonomous technology workforce with an emphasis on expanding educational resources to meet current workforce needs, developing career paths, and engaging educational, industrial and government stakeholders.

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