AU becomes first FAA-approved drone flight school

AU becomes first FAA-approved drone flight school

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Auburn University is flying into new territory as the nation's first FAA-approved drone flight school.

The university will have commercial outdoor flight training for any operators of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or drones, whether they are students, faculty, or the public.

The Lieutenant Governor calls it a major win for Alabama.

Bill Hutto, the director of AU's Aviation Center, said drones are very positive for society despite the potential dangers.

"The uses of them are almost limited by the imagination, so we have students interested in building science, construction, engineering, agriculture - which is one of the biggest markets in the near term," Hutto said.

He said for example, you cannot fly drones over heavy traffic, or near Jordan-Hare Stadium on Auburn game days.

The FAA is developing more guidelines, including requiring operators of these aircraft to pass a written exam and a flying test, which AU can administer.

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