Unmanned Safety Institute to provide UAS safety certifications to Ohio State drone pilots in training

Posted: August 18, 2021
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Ohio State drone expert Chris Strasbaugh presents to an audience

Press release from Unmanned Safety Institute - The unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) marketplace is experiencing significant growth that is translating into a need for a large number of qualified UAS pilots to support it. The Ohio State University has a long track record of preparing manned pilots for careers in aviation and is now also focused on ensuring that their UAS pilots are industry-ready upon graduation. Ohio State has identified Unmanned Safety Institute's (USI) Certification Structure for UAS pilots as the most recognized and respected independent source for verified UAS pilot knowledge, experience and proficiency. USI’s incremental Certification Structure provides potential employers with immediate insight on each pilot’s actual and verified UAS knowledge, experience, and proficiency.

Brian Strzempkowski, assistant director of Ohio State’s Center for Aviation Studies stated, “Commercial UAS is a rapidly developing industry, and careers will exist for remote pilots in areas we have not thought of yet. While it is hard to prepare for all possibilities, we know that safety will be the most critical aspect to operating the unmanned aircraft. USI’s program focuses on instilling safety as a fundamental concept in its remote pilot training and that is something that our students can take with them for life. We believe that having a safety-first mindset will allow our students to advance in their careers and be productive leaders in this emerging industry.”

“We are honored to partner with The Ohio State University on this important initiative”, added USI President, Josh Olds. “Ohio State’s incredible reputation in academics in general, and specifically within the collegiate aviation community, speaks volumes as to their commitment to producing industry-ready graduates. USI’s knowledge and experience working with industry on setting 'Best Practices' for UAS operations will ensure that Ohio State’s UAS program produce the kind of applicants that are needed as UAS operations continue to scale in both size and complexity”.

Ohio State will be offering the USI Safety Certification Level 1 and 2 beginning in the autumn of 2021 and plan to expand into other more complex ground and flight offerings in the future. The State of Ohio, Department of Education recently recommended USI’s Safety Certification Level 1 and Visual Line of Sight System Operations for inclusion to the 2022-2023 Industry Recognized Credential List at six points each.


About The Ohio State University Center for Aviation Studies | The mission of the Center for Aviation Studies is to incorporate engineering, business and behavioral philosophies into a multidisciplinary approach to the many components of the aviation industry. The center supports premier flight education programs, academic degree programs, research initiatives and outreach activities on local, regional, national and international levels.

About the Unmanned Safety Institute | The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) is the industry’s most widely recognized leader in flight safety solutions for individuals, academia and organizations focused on integrating and operating UAS for civil or commercial purposes. The Unmanned Safety Institute provides UAS flight safety training and certification to operational standards based on the adoption and modification of time-honored aviation safety practices. With more than 200 instructors and over 10,000 customers around the world, including several Fortune 500 enterprises and nearly 200 schools in over 30 states, USI is the global leader in commercial and academic UAS training and certification, delivering the most highly regarded training program of its kind. Programs include the Small UAS & Advanced Safety Certifications, Visual Line of Sight Systems Operations™ (VSO) and Professional Remote Operator™ (PRO) certifications and Unmanned Connect™ workforce development initiative. USI’s training and certification programs are endorsed by major aviation insurance providers and incorporated into aviation association professional development programs and have been evaluated and recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education. Discover more at www.UnmannedSafetyInstitute.org.

Republished with permission from Unmanned Safety Institute.