Aurora has partnered with Mountain Empire Community College (MECC) located in the Appalachian region to develop the first of its kind Aerial Drone Geo-Spatial Mapping and Surveyors course under the newly funded project. These courses will "train students, including former coal industry workers, to operate drones and drone sensors to provide commercial and government services – including geospatial surveys, close-up inspections of fixed structures, and mapping."
In addition to assisting with the development of MECC's new UAS curriculum, Aurora will be operating one of its Centaur DA-42 Optionally Piloted Aircraft (OPA) systems out of Lonesome Pine Airport in Wise County. "Aurora is pleased to be a part of the workforce growth in Virginia, particularly with the focus on unmanned systems," said John Langford, Aurora Chairman and CEO. "Whether introducing expanded drone use into the county by way of a specific curriculum or by conducting critical missions, we are enhancing the outreach and showing the benefits of this important industry."
With training and integration operations expected to begin in 2017, Centaur will support Virginia geo-spatial work and other contracted services such as supporting the college's planned geo-spatial courses for both flight and maintenance crews.
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