A new drone training center could soon be coming to Detroit’s Coleman A. Young International Airport.
A California nonprofit group is planning the training center which will see two hangar’s renovated into the facility called Base 11. The hangar’s will be equipped with equipment for the classes.
The project comes amid rapid growth in the drone industry and calls from state officials for a stronger emphasis on career technical training in Michigan.
“It’s not just benefiting students. We’re creating the workforce of the future,” said Kevin Smith, former chief of staff to the emergency manager of DPS.
The program will initially involve students from Davis Aerospace Technical High School. The school once had a robust aviation maintenance program, but it lost its federal certification last year after a controversial relocation resulted in missing curriculum and supplies.
The program will allow local high school students to take classes in the rapidly growing Drone industry. It will also allow the public to take classes at the airport.