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Embry-Riddle Introduces Bachelor's Degree in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science

Daytona Beach, FL., October 13, 2011

New Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science Degree

The Predator B UAV is used by NASA, the U.S. military, and the Department of Homeland Security.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach campus will launch a B.S. in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Science degree program in the Fall 2011 semester.

Open to U.S. citizens who have a basic background in math and physics, this new program will help meet the growing demand for skilled UAS pilots and operators.

Unmanned aircraft are becoming crucial tools for fire-fighting, disaster relief, law enforcement, and military expeditions, among others, mainly because they keep pilots out of harm’s way while allowing those pilots to perform as well as they would if they were inside the cockpit.

Ted Beneigh, professor of aeronautical science and program coordinator of the new degree, said, “Embry-Riddle stands ready to provide educated, well-qualified personnel to this new and important field that promises to revolutionize aviation.”

The B.S. in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science will focus on the operations aspect of UAS, preparing students for such roles as pilot, observer, sensor operator, or operations administrator.

The program offers two tracks – the pilot track is for students who are interested in flight operations from the pilot’s perspective, while the non-pilot track is for students seeking a career as a sensor operator or a support position.

Both tracks will cover basic engineering topics, hazardous and long-duration operations, international airspace, and regulatory restrictions in the United States.

For more information on the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science degree program, contact Ted Beneigh at beneight@erau.edu or (386) 226-6956 or visit http://daytonabeach.erau.edu/coa/aeronautical-science/undergraduate-degree/unmanned-aircraft-systems-science/index.html.

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