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Able Flight, an outreach that has been providing flight training scholarships to individuals with physical disabilities for almost 15 years, is partnering with the Unmanned Safety Institute to provide training to its scholarship recipients that could lead to careers.

Leslie Irby benefited from an Able Flight Scholarship and earned a pilot certificate after training at Purdue University. A new partnership between Able Flight and the Unmanned Safety Institute will make drone opportunities available to scholarship recipients. Photo courtesy of Able Flight.

Able Flight Executive Director Charles Stites said the goal of the partnership with Unmanned Safety Institute “parallels that of our flight training partnerships in that we want our scholarship recipients to receive training that goes well beyond minimum requirements” He reiterated that training would help prepare scholarship recipients for drone operations in “a variety of fields, including, but certainly not limited to, industrial and construction inspection, cargo delivery, agricultural surveying, and support of medical services.”

Stites complimented the Unmanned Safety Institute for developing “programs that go well beyond the minimum standards required by the FAA.”

Able Flight is partnering with the Unmanned Safety Institute for training that could lead to drone industry careers. Image courtesy of the Unmanned Safety Institute.

Unmanned Safety Institute Executive Director Scott Liston pledged to help prepare Able Flight scholarship recipients with “the same opportunities that any other UAS pilot (remote operator) would have at the same or similar levels of experience, training and certifications.” He added that Able Flight has a track record of “turning ‘disabilities’ into specialized ‘abilities’ for people who are passionate about aviation and committed to operational excellence.”

Liston said Indeed.com listed more than 3,500 open positions and predicted that the “sky’s the limit” when it comes to careers as drone operators.

David Tulis

David Tulis

Associate Editor Web/ePilot
AOPA Associate Editor Web/ePilot David Tulis joined AOPA in 2015 and is a private pilot with single-engine land and sea ratings and a tailwheel endorsement. He is also a certificated remote pilot and co-host of the award-winning AOPA Hangar Talk podcast. David enjoys vintage aircraft and photography.
Topics: Unmanned Aircraft, Aviation Education Programs

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