The Nolensville High School Unmanned Aerial Systems class (UAS) has produced its first licensed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Certified Remote Pilots.
The two rising seniors, Andrew Dunn and Mitchell Waller, flew through the necessary hoops to pass the required aeronautical knowledge test. Not only that, but Andrew received dual credit from Middle Tennessee State University and Mitchell was given the NHS Unmanned Aerial Systems Award.
“They both would meet me after school and on weekends to practice their pilot skills and to study for the FAA Remote Pilot certification test,” said Elvia Klym, Nolensville High UAS teacher. “They both put in the extra work and it has paid off.”
The class aims to teach students how to pilot unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, as well as teach them how to build, maintain, operate and utilize the technology. The class is the result of a collaboration between former Williamson County Schools College, Career and Technical Education Director Dr. David Allen and NHS Principal Dr. Bill Harlin.
“They recognized the fast-approaching shift in the workplace and understood the limitless opportunities available to students through the use of drones,” Klym said.
As certified pilots, Andrew and Mitchell can use their skills in a variety of areas, including construction, media, law enforcement and public safety.
“I am very proud of them and excited to see what is next for them as seniors at Nolensville High School,” Klym said.