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Lake Area Tech Selected for FAA Training Program

Posted on: January 28, 2021   |   Category: News
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For Immediate Release

January 28, 2021

WATERTOWN, SD – Officials at Lake Area Technical College announced today the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected Lake Area Tech’s new Unmanned Aerial Systems Pilot option for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems-Collegiate Training Initiative program (UAS-CTI).

“Being designated a UAS-CTI program means our graduates will have access to a professional consortium that facilitates sharing best practices in this industry through UAS training tools, resources, and guidelines,” Lake Area Tech Aviation Department Supervisor Greg Klein said. “Upon graduation, our students will have obtained the unparalleled knowledge and skills needed to pursue successful careers in the drone industry.”

The FAA’s UAS-CTI program recognizes institutions that prepare students for careers in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones. In order to qualify for the initiative, schools must offer a bachelor’s or associates degree in UAS or a degree with a minor, concentration, or certificate in UAS. Schools must provide curriculum covering various aspects of UAS training, including hands-on flight practice, maintenance, uses, applications, privacy concerns, safety, and federal policies concerning UAS.

Lake Area Tech’s new Unmanned Aerial System’s Pilot option will begin in 2023 as an expansion of the Professional Fixed Wing Pilot program. The option will prepare graduates to pursue careers operating large unmanned aerial vehicles beyond the visual line of sight and in controlled air spaces.

Read more about the Professional Fixed Wing Pilot program and the drones option here