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UMA’s new UAV program is making news!

UMA unveils Maine’s first drone piloting course

Bangor Daily News | By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

AUGUSTA, Maine — There’s a growing buzz in the air at the University of Maine at Augusta.

Visitors to campus may notice small unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, commonly referred to as drones, whizzing about overhead in coming semesters as the university works to build a training center and specialize in training new pilots.

An increasing number of businesses and industries are using drones to their advantage. Construction companies and engineers use them to survey land for future projects. Photographers use them to get new angles and film commercials. Search and rescue teams use them to comb forests for missing people. As the number of uses grows, so will demand for drone pilots.

“This puts Maine on the forefront of what’s going on in the [unmanned aircraft systems] industry,” said Dan Leclair, a colonel in the Civil Air Patrol who is helping to get the university program off the ground. He’s been involved in UAV training at the national level for three years.

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