RHHS students earn their AINautic’s Drone Pilot Wings

Within a few days after unveiling the state of the art STEM U Labs, another monumental event was held in the Jasper County School District.  Several students of Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School were recognized and awarded with their AINautic’s Drone Pilot Wings, Federal Aviation Administration’s Remote Pilot’s license and Certificate of Completion.

RHHS Seniors, Irvin Espinoza, Kaleb Frazier, Mania Roberson, and Andrea Habersham; Juniors Xavier Pinckney, Nalley Macias, Jeremiah Orr, and Sophmore, Kimbraia Brown successfully passed the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Remote Pilot’s exam.

Participating in one full cohort, during the first or second semester of the 2018-2019 school year, RHHS students were introduced to wide range of information related to the Drone Industry.

Irvin Espinoza and Kaleb Frazier earned their Federal Aviation Administration’s Remote Pilot’s license and have already accepted internship and received employment offers with a highly distinguished aerospace company.

The AINautic team also recognized Cynthia Robino, Workbased Learning Coordinator, and Dr. Terry Grant-Robinson, RHHS Choral Director, for successfully completing the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Remote Pilot’s exam and they received their AINautic’s Drone Pilot Wings.

Christopher Williams, AINautics UAV Academy’s Director of Partnership Development, expressed, “AINautics UAV Academy is South Carolina’s Premiere drone companies partnering with educational entities and providing youth the opportunity to gain a commercial UAV pilot license. iFLY® is an innovative program designed by AINautics UAV Academy and STEM U, LLC. iFLY® connects youth ages 16 - 18 to the Drone Industry by preparing them to become FAA Remote Pilot Certified. Taught by our elite team of FAA Certified Flight Instructors, AINautics UAV Academy Experts and Commercial Pilots courses are designed to prepare high scholars for certification FAA Part 107 and beyond.”

RHHS students are officially qualified to gain a career in a variety of high demand careers.  Drone training allows students to seek a wide variety of employment opportunities as it relates to oil and gas operations, military drone pilot, disaster relief, law enforcement, seismic study, traffic reporting, agriculture, engineering, computer science, commercial contractors, entertainment, and other industries.

Superintendent, Dr. Rechel Anderson received honorary wings from the AlNautics team.  Superintendent Anderson was extremely instrumental with the implementation of the iDrone program. Superintendent Anderson stated, "I am elated at the success of our students and our iDrone Program. Our program is competitive and it offers immediate opportunities and advantages for our students." "We are aggressively providing choice and innovative opportunities to our students." 

Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School Administration and staff members were ecstatic with the participation and the results of the program.  Administrators shared a message with all students that participated in Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 of the AINautic’s Drone Pilot Program: “Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School administration and staff members are proud of the iDrone program. We are thrilled about the possibilities and opportunities that the iDrone Program will afford our students. As technology is the cutting edge, STEM in the State and across the world, our students are the foundation for the state. RHHS thanks AlNautics for joining a partnership with Jasper and placing our students in a prime position to be leaders in the state, and in the region.”

The AlNautics team is excited to announce Cohort 3 will begin at RHHS during the upcoming Summer months.

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