Are there drone schools in Nevada? You bet, and if the governor of the state gets his way there will probably be more in the coming years. The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is currently trying to attract Unmanned Aerial Vehicle manufacturers, researchers, and entrepreneurs. And frankly they make a pretty good case. You can read about their efforts here: http://www.diversifynevada.com/key-industries/aerospace-defense/uav.
For now, if you’re a Nevada resident and you want to study drones, you should check out the University of Nevada, Reno’s Minor in Unmanned Autonomous Systems.
The goal of this interdisciplinary program offered by the university’s Mechanical Engineering department, is to provide students with the “skills and experiences that will help them better apply the knowledge gained in their majors to specialized problems in the field of UAS.”
Also in Reno, Truckee Meadows Community College offers a 1-year UAS technicians course designed to prepare students to maintain, troubleshoot and repair unmanned aircraft.
The university is also home to the Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center (NAASIC). This is a collaborative effort led by the College of Engineering and was established in 2014 with the help of $3 million from – you guessed it – the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
NAASIC is dedicated to the commercialization of technologies in autonomous systems that goes beyond just unmanned aerial vehicles. Stationary robotic systems, advanced manufacturing systems, driverless cars, and underwater robots, are also in their field of development.
If all goes well, Nevada might just become a major hub in the coming drone boom.
If you don’t need a degree, other training options in Nevada include:
Avisight Drone Academy, based in Las Vegas, offers a 2-day course to get FAA Part 107 Certified, and a 4-day master course with more in-depth drone training.
A flight training center in Las Vegas that is offered by Unmanned Vehicle University (based in Arizona) as part of its UAV Pilot Training Certificate program.