Sinclair Community College has landed several partnerships in a bid to advance the Unmanned Aerial Systems industry locally.
In a major meeting at the Wilmington Air Park, the school said it has partnered with two companies to integrate their technology into its curriculum. Sinclair’s board of trustees approved $1.4 million earlier this year to begin an Unmanned Aerial Systems program, and the school offers training on the models.
Sinclair has signed a letter of intent with Gainesville, Fla.-based Altavian Inc. to be its national OEM training partner. That would mean that training on Altavian’s platforms would be done through Sinclair. The school also announced it has been cleared to fly Altavian’s Nova Block III UAS as Altavian announced it will expand into Dayton next year.
John Perry, CEO of Altavian, said the aircraft is a sensors platform with uses in public safety and infrastructure maintenance.
At the same time, Dayton-based Woolpert Inc. — a national architecture, geospatial and infrastructure firm — will work with Sinclair for research and development of sensors technology, particularly for geospatial mapping, said Deb Norris, vice president of workforce development and corporate services at Sinclair. Woolpert’s sensor technology can be used on the Nova Block III.