Christina Cardoza

May 4, 2016 3:14:15 PM

The drone industry is growing by leaps and bounds every day, and the Aerodrome wants to help foster that innovation by educating drone operators. The Aerodrome is a provider of drone educational and training services as well as the organization behind the commercial droneport. The organization announced it is now making its facilities available for other companies to rent in order to test, train, fly or hold meetings related to unmanned aircraft.

"There is no other facility quite like it in the world," said Jonathan Daniels, president of the Aerodrome. “Surrounding yourself with the drone culture inspires innovative thinking and is certain to produce 'the next big thing' is UAS development.”

The Aerodrome’s Henderson hangar facility includes simulators, configurable classrooms, a conference room, and a hangar space that can accommodate up to 400 people. The organization’s Eldorado Droneport features 50 acres, a configurable dronecube, a pilot's lounge, charging stations, and a 500-foot runway.

The Aerodrome also announced the introduction of Part 107 courses to its curriculum, which coincide with the release of Part 107. Once released, Part 107 will allow drone pilots to fly for commercial purposes. “Certification under Part 107 provides the simplest path to operating a UAS for commercial purposes, and because of that, we expect this class to be wildly popular,” Daniels said.

The course will be a two-day program that includes classroom and hands-on flying.

In addition, the Aerodrome plans to partner with academic institutions in order to make drone educational resources more available to undergraduate programs. According to Daniels, it is currently too expensive to integrate drone teaching services into a university's curriculum. The Aerodrome will package its education materials, provide a set of curricula, provide some equipment, and train instructors to teach their academic institutions.

“The technology is there, the trick is educating people about making it safe—that is what is going to make the industry work,” said Daniels. “If it is unsafe, people aren’t educated and people are constantly breaking rules or god forbid there is ever really a major accident it will shut down the entire industry.”

As the industry continues to change, the Aerodrome will continue to update instruction and courses.

“My personal dream with all of this is that someday we will look at unmanned aircrafts and drones no differently than we look at phones,” said Daniels.

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