The acquisition of three Penguin C unmanned aircraft earlier this year instantly transformed Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, already the world's largest unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) educator, serving some 1,500 students university-wide, into an unmatched powerhouse provider of both UAS flight- and simulation-based training.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University recently became the only university to acquire the Penguin C – one of the most sophisticated long-endurance, long-range professional unmanned aircraft systems on the market today – specifically for flight training.
The arrival of three Penguin C aircraft earlier this year instantly transformed Embry-Riddle, already the world's largest unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) educator, serving some 1,500 students university-wide, into an unmatched powerhouse provider of both UAS flight- and simulation-based training.
Embry-Riddle's acquisition of the Penguin C's also opened the door for missions controlled from multiple ground-based stations, called "remote-split operations," as well as flight beyond the operator's visual line of sight. The aircraft have applications for fighting wildfires, border patrol, search and rescue, oil pipeline and utility inspections, environmental assessments and military surveillance.
All those applications suggest an array of career paths for Embry-Riddle graduates trained to fly Penguin C's. The burgeoning commercial drone industry is projected to generate more than $82 billion for the U.S. economy and, by...