Category Archives: UAS Education

Cape Henlopen High School Drone Photography

Today I am writing from “sea.”  It’s really just a ferry crossing of Long Island Sound, so nothing too exciting.  An article caught my attention since one of the ferries (although not the one I’m on), is called the Cape Henlopen.  I saw this article in Delaware’s Cape Gazette about a class at Cape Henlopen High School.
Students in Jason Fruchtman’s photography class at Cape Henlopen High School, pictured below, are learning how to safely operate Inspire drones purchased with a combination of district funds and fundraising as a way to capture stunning photographs.  It is great to see that Mr. Fruchtman and Cape Henlopen High are teaching the students skills that are interesting and useful in a country where technology advances daily.
Some of the images are below.  Photo credits:  Melissa Steele (class photo), Sara Desmond (high school and football game), Jason Fruchtman (seaside photos).  Congratulations to the class for the amazing pictures and keep up the good work!
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For those who are interested in an aside, below is a photo I took of the ferry M/V Cape Henlopen following a summer evening race on Fisher’s Island Sound.  The ship is named after Cape Henlopen, Delaware, but was originally named the USS Buncombe County (LST-510).   It is run by nice family business called Cross Sound Ferry and now sails between New London, CT and Orient, NY.  As the USS Buncombe County, it landed at Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944 was part of the D-Day invasion of Normandy.  It was an honor sailing on a ship that took part in that offensive.
Finally, I have designed a new logo for the site.  I took this shot of a UAS taking off and it is styled to bring together the cutting-edge modern UAS industry while reminiscing about the Art Deco golden age of propeller flight.
I took this photo from the point of Cape May, the corner of New Jersey during a run after the NJIT test flight.  In the far distance on the left would be Cape Henlopen.  Cape May and Cape Henlopen mark the entrance to the Delaware River.
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UAS Education 2 – Unmanned Vehicle University

recently wrote about universities that are provided degree programs for UAS.  Another organization that is providing programs is the Unmanned Vehicle University (UVU).  It is not yet accredited by the professional accreditation agencies, but is licensed by the State of Arizona Board of Education.

From their website:  “Unmanned Vehicle University (UVU) is the first University in the world licensed to grant Doctorate and Masters Degrees in Unmanned (Air, Ground, Sea and Space) Systems Engineering and a Certificate in UAS Project Management as a totally online curriculum. The University’s primary focus area is on Unmanned Air, Ground, Sea and Space Systems education and training. Most of the faculty at the university have PhDs in engineering and combined experience of over 500 years. The university’s UAV instructor pilots have combined experience of over 60,000 hours in Predator, Reaper, Global Hawk, Hermes, Heron, Aerostar and many small UAVs. UVU is located in the heart of downtown Phoenix.”

They are offering two three-day seminars called “The Fundamentals of UAVs” – in New York March 19-21 and Houston on March 27-29.  The course costs $1999 ($1899 for active duty military) and counts for four university credits – participants will receive a DJI Phantom upon completion of the course.  ABOUT THE COURSE

If you want to read more, National Geographic has a post about their Pilot Certification program and here is a paper called A New Approach to Unmanned Systems Education and Training, by the President of Unmanned Vehicle University, Dr. Jerry LeMieux, President.  Below is a segment from Fox News.  This is a new way to approach education, and I’m for anything that educates people before they start flying.  If you’ve attended one of their programs, I’d love to hear from you with feedback.