University of Hawaii at Hilo plans aeronautical program

University of Hawaii at Hilo plans aeronautical program
(Hawaii News Now/file)

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The University of Hawaii at Hilo has been cleared to launch a four-year degree program in aeronautical science.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the university’s board of regents approved last month the provisional Bachelor of Science in two new concentrations: commercial professional pilot training and commercial aerial information technology.

The university says the pilot training track would lead students to a commercial airline career, providing a pathway to earn all required Federal Aviation Administration licenses and certificates.

The second track will focus on work with drones.

Ken Hon, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs, says the program would guide students in understanding how drones can be used, the type of sensors they have, and the kinds of data they collect and process.

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