Helicopter Association International (HAI) and the Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) are partnering to improve access to education and workforce development opportunities in the unmanned commercial market.
Through the partnership, USI will provide a 15 percent discount on its courses on unmanned aircraft systems to HAI members when accessed via the HAI Online Academy Portal. Courses include a wide array of training and industry certifications, including sUAS Safety Ground School, Visual Line-of-Sight Operations, FAA Remote Pilot Practice Exam, and Part 107 Study and Field Guide.
“We are excited about this partnership and what it will offer our members,” said Matthew Zuccaro, president and CEO of HAI. “The unmanned flight industry has huge potential, and businesses and individuals within the helicopter industry are serving as the vanguard by incorporating the UAS technology into their operations. There are companies who are using unmanned aircraft for surveying pipelines and powerlines, for aerial photography and mapping, and even for conducting cargo missions.
“USI is very pleased to have the opportunity to provide unmanned training and services to members of HAI,” remarked USI President Josh Olds. “HAI has been the leader in the helicopter industry for over half a century and recognizes the need to embrace the future of UAS technology. They also recognize that this will require new information and skills which USI can provide.
“Together our two organizations will continue to lead the unmanned aviation industry by setting safety and professional guidelines and creating exemplary pilots that maintain high standard,” added Olds.
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) projects more than 100,000 UAS-related jobs will be created in the United States by 2025.