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FAA approves Sinclair College for flying unmanned aircraft

By John Nolan Springfield News Sun

DAYTON — Sinclair Community College has received federal approval to offer hands-on flying of small unmanned aircraft, a key step in the college’s expanding effort to train students, law enforcement, emergency first-responders and others in operating the airplanes. The Federal Aviation Administration informed the college Thursday that the FAA had approved Sinclair’s application for approval to fly the unmanned aircraft at Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport, just outside the city of Springfield.

The hands-on flying opportunity will complement the training simulators Sinclair unveiled in March for flying unmanned aerial vehicles, plus the UAV classroom training that the college began last July, said Deb Norris, Sinclair’s vice president for workforce development and corporate services.

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