Are there any drone schools in Missouri? Well, not ones that offer 4-year degrees.However, if you just want to know how to fly a small drone, either for a hobby or your business, DARTdrones offers classes in St. Louis at various times throughout the year.
They offer 1-day classes designed to help beginners “choose the right drone for their needs, understand how to fly legally and safely, and learn to fly.” They also offer FAA exemption filing assistance. You can also get a discount off the price of their training course, if you click on the link above and enter the coupon code: DRNHQ10.
Other than that, the University of Missouri offers a 5-week class called “Introduction to Drone Issues, Applications and Flight: for Student Researchers, Entrepreneurs, Educators and Communicators”. This is run by the Science and Agricultural Journalism Program, which is housed in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
But keep in mind that the MIzzou course’s emphasis is on journalism. Also, the FAA recently sent a letter to the University and told them not to fly the drones for this class outdoors. So the instructors have moved this part of the class inside. I’m hoping the FAA will lighten up a bit on the state of Missouri.
The Missouri Drone Journalism Program (a partnership between students at the Missouri School of Journalism, the University of Missouri Information Technology Program and NPR radio station KBIA) has been doing some good work in trying to raise awareness about the vast potential of drones in journalism. Hopefully their efforts will generate enough enthusiasm to demand more UAV programs in the Show Me State. I’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime, if you’re a Missouri resident and you want a drone-focused degree, your best bet would probably be to attend UAV classes in the neighboring state of Kansas. You can even earn a complete Unmanned Aircraft Systems bachelor’s degree at Kansas State University, Salina.