If you are looking for drone schools in North Carolina, you may be out of luck. At least for the time being. There’s not a lot of formal UAV education in the state. That’s not to say there isn’t a lot of drone activity. For one thing, many photographers in Charlotte are already using drones to take pictures and shoot video of houses, golf courses and even weddings.
More significantly, many companies that manufacture drones are trying to partner with North Carolina State University, which has FAA authorization to conduct drone research as part of its NextGen Air Transportation program.
NCSU recently launched a drone contest to challenge its engineering students to create a program that an automated drone could use to navigate a path through an obstacle course.
The state itself is also taking action to promote commercial drones. North Carolina’s Northeast Commission on the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) project at the Hyde County Airport in Engelhard has been in operation since April 2012. Much work has been done including being granted approval by the FAA for an Agricultural Certificate of Authorization to fly UAVs for agricultural purposes in the general vicinity of the Hyde County Airport.
For now, if you live in North Carolina, you may have to seek drone classes in the bordering state of Virginia.