USI to Provide UAS Training to Able Flight Scholarship Recipients

Unmanned aviation provides expanded career opportunities for pilots with physical disabilities.

ORLANDO, FL- Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), the leading aviation-based safety training and industry certification provider for unmanned operations, has been contracted by Able Flight, a national aviation non-profit, to provide its scholarship recipients with career oriented Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) training and education.

Able Flight has been providing flight training scholarships to individuals with physical disabilities since 2006, and in recent years has expanded the program to include scholarships supporting training for a variety of aviation careers. In its 14 year history, Able Flight has awarded over 110 flight training and aviation career training scholarships.

Executive Director of Able Flight, Charles Stites, commented, “With the growth of unmanned aviation, and with a positive outlook for career opportunities in commercial drone operations, we determined that this would be a great time to add a UAS option to our career training scholarship program. As with the facilities who provide instruction to recipients of our flight training scholarships, we choose to work with organizations like USI that have developed programs that go well beyond the minimum standards required by the FAA.”

“The inherent requirements of unmanned aviation could provide for significantly greater career opportunities for individuals with some sort of physical disability”, added Josh Olds, President of the Unmanned Safety Institute. “As we became more familiar with Able Flight, it was apparent that their focus on pilot safety and competency would translate into incredibly talented, industry ready, UAS pilots through their participation in the USI training program.”

Individuals interested in participating in the Able Flight UAS Pilot training program should visit the Able Flight website, for more information.



About the Unmanned Safety Institute

The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) is the industry’s most widely recognized leader in flight safety solutions for individuals, academia and organizations focused on integrating and operating UAS for civil or commercial purposes. The Unmanned Safety Institute provides UAS flight safety training and certification to operational standards based on the adoption and modification of time-honored aviation safety practices. With more than 170 instructors and over 10,000 customers around the world, including several Fortune 500 enterprises, USI is the global leader in UAS training and certification, delivering the most highly regarded training program of its kind. Programs include the Small UAS & Advanced Safety Certifications, Visual Line of Sight Systems Operations™ (VSO) and Professional Remote Operator™ (PRO) certifications and Unmanned Connect™ workforce development initiative. USI’s training and certification programs are endorsed by major aviation insurance providers and incorporated into aviation association professional development programs, and have been evaluated and recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education. Discover more at 

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About Able Flight

Able Flight is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit and is the only one of its kind in the United States. Since 2006 it has awarded over 110 flight training and aviation career training scholarships to people with a broad range of physical disabilities. For more information on its scholarship program and on how you can support Able Flight, visit

CONTACT: Able Flight-Charles Stites //

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