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August 2, 2022

Aquiline Drones offers online courses at state colleges and universities

HBJ Photo | Matt Pilon Barry Alexander (right) is the CEO of Aquiline Drones.

Aquiline Drones will offer an online pilot certification curriculum to all of the state’s colleges and universities beginning this fall, the company said.

Hartford-based drone technology manufacturer Aquiline Drones announced in July it signed a multi-year contract to offer an online drone pilot certification through all 17 institutions in the Connecticut State College and University system.

The online training program consists of two semester-length courses, company officials said, which includes preparing students to become licensed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-certified drone pilots.

According to the company, Aquiline Drones created its “Flight to the Future” online drone pilot training program during the pandemic.

The first course — Introduction to Commercial Drones — will guide students through the commercial drone process, FAA regulations, aerodynamics, aviation, weather theory, operating requirements, and procedures for safely flying commercial drones while preparing them for the FAA Commercial Drone Pilot Part 107 certification exam, the company said.

The second course — Cloud Connected Drone Operations — will introduce digital technologies that allow for cloud-connected commercial drone operations, unmanned aerial systems, videography, instructions for creating a business plan and information about career development in flying commercial drones.

The first course is a prerequisite for the second unless a student already has their FAA Part 107 license.

It’s been an active year for Aquiline Drones. The company announced in January it was opening its own insurance subsidiary to insure its products, services, and those of its affiliates. The company established the Aquiline Drones Indemnity Corporation, which it touts as the first insurance subsidiary created by a U.S. drone manufacturer.

In April, Aquiline said it was adding private chartered flights out of Brainard Airport as part of its new division, AD Airlines.

The trips, which were set to begin in June, include all-inclusive flights from Brainard Airport in Hartford to Block Island, Long Island, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island.

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