USI Partners with Aviation Influence to Promote UAS Through STEM

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) may represent aviation’s best opportunity to interest people of all backgrounds in promising and rewarding career opportunities.

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Deland, FL (May 5, 2021) – The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) has partnered with Aviation Influence (AVi) to elevate the interest, engagement, and enthusiasm for UAS in our nation’s youth through hands-on STEM and programs focused on drones. The goal is to introduce the excitement and potential of unmanned technology through STEM offerings with a focus on underrepresented communities.

“Aviation has historically been a challenge to bring into the classroom as a STEM program because traditional manned aircraft are large and expensive,” stated Josh Olds, President and Co-Founder of USI. “Unmanned aviation provides a great opportunity to introduce this fascinating and exciting technology through STEM programs, and better yet, students can turn their interest in UAS into challenging and rewarding careers.”

Aviation Influence’s Board Chair, Bruce Ganger added, “AVi is committed to helping students discover their passion for innovation and technology through STEM initiatives. USI offers the industry’s most recognized and adopted curriculum and industry certifications, making this a natural partnership to offer schools a turn-key UAS program for the classroom that will keep students engaged and wanting more.”

The partnership will offer USI’s small UAS Safety Ground School for free. This course provides an in-depth understanding of basic aviation safety fundamentals while preparing the learner to take the FAA Part 107 test. Students could obtain this FAA certification, providing them with the necessary regulatory requirements to conduct commercial operations using drones. Both organizations will promote the relationship through social media and participation in numerous aviation events including National Aviation Day, Girls in Aviation Day, National Drone Safety Awareness Week, and at various aviation career expos.

Interested schools should contact Dave Krause, AVi board member and UAS operator at 856-281-7545,


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 200 instructors and over 10,000 customers around the world, including several Fortune 500 enterprises and nearly 200 schools in over 30 states, USI is the global leader in commercial and academic 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 Aviation Influence

 Aviation Influence, Inc (AVi) is a non-profit organization that elevates the interest, engagement and enthusiasm of youth through hands-on STEM and aviation outreach locally and in underrepresented regions.

Through unique outreach events and industry partnerships, AVi transforms the classroom experience to interactive activities, which enhances the minds of our youth to discover their passion for innovation, leadership and technology. AVi also contributes to the preparation of future generations through scholarship programs and their ambassador program. 

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