Flight schools exist throughout the country. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and other programs boast impressive aviation programs, too. So, why not a class of programming centered on the training and operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (“UAVs”) and drones?
In fact, schools focusing on drones are rapidly popping up. Among the schools offering programs are the University of Nevada, and many schools and universities themselves are consumers of drones, including Cornell University, the University of Florida, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There is even an Unmanned Aerial University. Here is a syllabus for those readers immediately interested in home study.
From a legal standpoint, aviation training and testing are important areas of regulation for the Federal Aviation Administration. And, flight schools must (and are wise to) adhere to particular standards in providing sound education to their students. To do otherwise risks lawsuits. In fact, students who are not successful in their aviation careers may and often do look at their aviation education as a reason. In the new area of UAV operation, it is not clear that there is a standard of education or training that exists for which liability would attach for a deviation.