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Sinclair Receives First UAS Exemption For An Ohio College

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Sinclair Community College Campus

Sinclair Community College has been granted a Section 333 exemption by the Federal Aviation Administration, which means that Sinclair can operate unmanned aerial systems, or drones, commercially even before broad regulations go into effect. It’s the first community college in the country to get the exemption, which will allow Sinclair to expand its National UAS Training and Certification Center.

Andrew Shepherd, director of unmanned aerial systems at Sinclair College, says operating commercially will open up lots of options.

“We can do expanded training operations, we can do uh research and development flights with things like sensor integration and data collection and we can uh work with companies and other organizations on research and development and training the human performance related tasks.”

Sinclair has already partnered with Woolpert Inc., the Ohio/Indiana UAS Center, and Florida-based UAS manufacturer Altavian for research. The first drone to be used under the 333 exemption is an Altavian aircraft.