If you are searching for drone schools in Virginia, you’re in luck. Liberty University (in Lynchburg) offers a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Unmanned Aerial Systems.
Aeronautics: Unmanned Aerial Systems (B.S.)
Part of its School of Aeronautics, Liberty’s UAS program promises that its graduates will receive a private license with Instrument certificate, and you will have the opportunity to become a certified UAS operator. “With this program, you will be qualified to operate two different UAS aircraft using the most common command and control system currently used in UAS worldwide today.”
If you don’t care so much about a degree, there is also UAV Pro, Inc. Headquartered in Fort Pickett, VA, this organization advertises itself as a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business. They offer both a UAV Flight Operations course and a UAV Maintenance course.
If you’re a Virginia resident, another place to learn about drones might be the Tidewater Virginia Drone Users Group. This bills itself as an organization for “amateur and professional UAS, UAV, and drone users that seek to promote safe and responsible flight for community service, commercial applications and recreation.”
And while they don’t offer any training, it is worth noting that the Old Dominion State is also home to the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems (VaCAS), which is an ICTAS/College of Engineering research center which facilitates interdisciplinary research in autonomous systems technology. Who knows, maybe this will someday pave the way for drone classes to be offered at Virginia Tech.