Documents submitted by the college to the state of Ohio request $275,000 from the state capital budget, which would support a $520,000 initiative to develop a curriculum for UAS training for precision agriculture. The remainder of the money would come through private funds, according to a school application.
Such a program could prop up the UAS industry in Dayton, which already has several training resources through Sinclair Community College. The region also is vying to be one of six FAA-designated test sites for UAS, ahead of the opening of the national airspace to UAS in 2015. The region that receives the designation will likely be a magnet for UAS developers.