Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), has teamed with Civil Air Patrol (CAP) to address unmanned aerial systems (UAS) safety and education nationally.
CAP and USI have agreed to cooperate on enhancing aviation and UAS safety and education at every level of both partnering organizations, including communications and coordination with other agencies and groups throughout the U.S.
“Civil Air Patrol provides a valuable and important pathway for the pilots who will become a significant portion of the military and commercial workforce for both manned and unmanned aviation,” said Josh Olds, USI president and co-founder. “USI is honored to work with CAP on the development of a lasting working relationship focused on exploring and developing opportunities for expanded aviation and UAS safety education to CAP and other USI members.”
CAP, the U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is committed to advancing safety in aviation and ensuring that the growing UAS sector benefits from aviation safety best practices.
“As part of our mission is to support America’s communities through emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development and promotion of air, space and cyber power, Civil Air Patrol recognizes the importance and significance of UAS in the future of our nation’s aerospace system,” said Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP’s national commander and CEO. “We also recognize USI’s proven abilities and resources to provide the education and training needed for aviation and UAS safety across our national footprint, and are proud to partner with them.”
In response to the new agreement with CAP, USI is creating special offerings for students involved in CAP curricula in middle school and high school, as well as home school programs.
“We recognize the hardships placed on both traditional and home-schooled academic providers as a result of COVID-19 and want to give these students virtual opportunities to begin their UAS training now,” Olds said.