Some schools across the state are preparing students for a boom in the drone industry once the federal government, as is expected, allows civilian unmanned aircraft to fly in U.S. airspace.
The Federal Aviation Administration has until 2015 to present a plan for safely integrating drones into national airspace. Sinclair Community College already is training students for jobs using the technology, and Kent State University is doing the same.
Domestic drones typically resemble the small radio-controlled model airplanes and helicopters flown by hobbyists. Proponents say the devices can monitor emergencies, survey crops and assist search-and-rescue operations. They predict an eventual use of drones that will generate thousands of jobs.