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Ohio Creates 100,000 Drone Jobs and $90 Billion Revenue

Updated on January 11, 2017
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Ms. Inglish is an award-winning Employment & Training pro with regional records and tens of thousands placed into gainful employment.

This Canadian drone even looks a bit like a worker bee.
This Canadian drone even looks a bit like a worker bee. | Source

The Age of Drones

What is the Work of Drones?

Do you remember a time in which drones were either bees or human workers in dead-end jobs who were waiting for the weekend?

Today, drones are unmanned flying machines that deliver goods, surveillance in war and crime zones, humanitarian aid, and even bombs. They can even track and follow endangered species to provide information on migration patterns that may help animal scientists to save whole wildlife populations. Moreover, they can be equipped with facial recognition software and look for people.

Such information collected by drones may lead to development of technologies and husbandry methods of curbing beehive colony collapse and Monarch buttery decline in America and Mexico. Why should we care? The bees and butterflies are pollinators of many plants in our nation and the world and without these insects, our food supplies would be drastically limited.

University Development of Drones

The Ohio State University was chosen in 2015 as one of only 15 universities in America to design and develop new forms of drones and new uses for drone technology. Ohio has over 1,200 aerospace manufacturing companies.

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A drone bee fertilizes the colony Queen.A female bee at work.
A drone bee fertilizes the colony Queen.
A drone bee fertilizes the colony Queen. | Source
A female bee at work.
A female bee at work. | Source

Types of Drones

Model Aircraft
Model Airplanes and Helicopters
Many of have seen these, from small battery operated unites to sizable replicas; limit of up to 77,2 pounds in Canada and under 55 pounds in USA.
Unmanned Aircraft
Operated remotely by a computer or a homing device via a person.
Unmanned Air Vehicle
(See above)
Unmanned Air System
More complex than a simple UAV, the system includes capabilities like data links, telemetry, communications, and several others.
Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems
This vehicle is remote-controlled by persons, but is partially automatic.
This list is not all-inclusive, and other, newer, types of drones are designed freqeuently.

New Holiday -- March 14 is now International Drone Day.

A View From a Drone

Ohio is a Drone Innovator

Ohio is the first US State in which companies have used drones for bridge inspections, mapping, and precision agriculture.

Frequent Uses of Drones

  • Ambulance drones with built-in deliberators.
  • Document delivery during conferences.
  • Tracking and counting groups of sea lions in Alaska.
  • Tracking down wildlife poachers.
  • Monitoring sporting events.
  • Search and Rescue - Looking for victims of avalanches, forest fires, boat capsizes, building collapses and similar events as well as man-made disasters like war events. This was confirmed by the American Red Cross in its April 2015 reports.
  • Movie filming on location.
  • Crop dusting and crop inspection.
  • Counting and tracking herds of cattle.
  • Oil rig and pipeline inspections.
  • Food deliveries (for example, the Burrito Bomber from Darwin Aerospace)
  • deliveries.
  • Performing environmental and weather research.
  • Monitoring activities on US Borders.

I see it as the next frontier in aviation.

— OSU Associate Professor Jim Gregory, College of Engineering

Walking Dogs with Drones

Machine Drone and Bee Drone

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A drone bee in flight.The Blade 180 QX HD resembles a wasp.
A drone bee in flight.
A drone bee in flight. | Source
The Blade 180 QX HD resembles a wasp.
The Blade 180 QX HD resembles a wasp. | Source

Unmanned Aerial Systems Academic Summit

Dayton's Sinclair Community College and The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio planned the first Unmanned Aerial Systems Academic Summit (UASAS) to held on August 24, 2015 at the Sinclair college campus. Sinclair was chosen for its forward looking programs in engineering technologies and the fact that it is on the Aviation Heritage Trail. the home of flight in America.

Both institutions of higher learning are located in the Ohio Space Corridor, which extends from Cincinnati in the southwest corner of the state, up through the Dayton-Fairborn Market and on towards Columbus, Ohio's Capital. Many of the private sector's aerospace businesses in this expanding region are part of the NASA Commercial Crew.

Part of the 2012 Drone Act requires the FAA to fully integrate unmanned aircraft into the private sector and civilian airspace under the National Airspace System by September 2015.

$90 Billion Revenue and 100,000 New Jobs by 2025

The FAA is writing new rules for flying drones that weigh less than 55 pounds and this specifically involves flying them in civilian airspace. The Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International believes that adding drones into the civilian arena can offer 2,700 jobs by 2025 in Ohio, 100,000 jobs nationwide, and an $82 billion revenue stream. Some sources estimate $90 billion in revenues.

The Ohio Space Corridor

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Largest Dayton - Columbus Aerospace Companies

  • Applied Optimization - Dayton
  • Azimuth Corporation - Dayton
  • Design Knowledge - Dayton/Fairborn
  • General Dynamics - Dayton
  • Georgia Tech Research Institute - Fairborn
  • Illumination Science - Dublin/Columbus
  • Lockheed Martin - Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Springfield
  • Ohio Aerospace Institute - Dayton
  • Phoenix Supports - Niles
  • Raytheon - Fairborn
  • Spectra Research - Dayton
  • Service Engineering - Dayton
  • Boeing Company - Heath

Medical Mosquito Drone - used for delivering medicines.
Medical Mosquito Drone - used for delivering medicines. | Source

High Demand Jobs in Drone Related Work

At least 600 job openings related to working with drones or UAVs were posted across the Internet for the United States in April 2015. The highest demand job titles are:

  1. Avionics Technician I, II and III
  2. Cyber Systems Operations Specialist
  3. Cyber Transport Systems Specialist
  4. 15W UAV Operator
  5. Network Administrator
  6. Engineer Software 3
  7. Mechanical Engineer
  8. Systems Administrator
  9. Ground Control Station Technician
  10. LiDAR Processor/Analyst
  11. Air Vehicle Operator/Mission Commander
  12. RT Logic DSP Systems Engineer
  13. Quality Assurance Manager

Largest Companies Doing the Hiring of UAV workers

Largest companies offering the most job listings in drone related work are the following:

  1. Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation
  2. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
  3. Boeing/Insitu - NASA Commercial Crew
  4. Northrop Grumman - NASA Commercial Crew
  5. Bowhead Holding Company
  6. Google
  7. Lockheed Martin - NASA Commercial Crew
  8. Whitney, Bradley and Brown
  9. Leidos
  10. L-3 Communications
  11. University of Antelope Valley
  12. URS Corporation
  13. US National Guard - Federal Government, military

The White House wants the Pentagon, not the Central Intelligence Agency, to oversee lethal operations with armed drones... Obama ordered an internal review of the CIA's drone operations in April 2015.

— CNN Politics; April 27, 2015

Aircraft and Aerospace in Ohio

  • Home of the Wright Brothers and the Aviation Heritage Trail as well as the UASF National Museum, Ohio has provided 24 astronauts to NASA, with private sector astronaut in training at this writing.
  • Many local aerospace companies are in the NASA Commerical Crew, including Lockheed Martin.
  • Astronaut and Senator John Glenn leads the new Ohio State University College of Public Affairs at age 94. He is the lone survivor of the Mercury 7 Astronauts.
  • Ohio's Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon.
  • Ohio is a hub of aerospace manufacturing.
  • Daytiong was the center of research for the US Army Air Corps during WWII.
  • Wright Patterson Air Force Base rings $5 billion annually into Ohio.
  • NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland brings over $1 billion to Ohio every year. That center is working on teleportation and breaking the speed of light. among other projects. Non-NASA research centers are under construction in Dayton and Cincinnati.
  • At least 130,000 people are employed by aerospace businesses in the state.
  • At least 10 Ohio universities offer a PhD program in aerospace.

© 2015 Patty Inglish


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      I'm glad to hear things are looking up!

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      moonlake 2 years ago from America

      I'm doing pretty good, much better than 3 months ago.

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      Hi moonlake - I hear through the Civil Air Patrol that the aviation authorities are planning approved traffic patterns to keep drones away from planes and helicopters. Some accidents may still happen, similar to birds flying into jet engines. I hope the airways do not become overly crowded. Thanks for the votes and sharing! How's everything with you these days?

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      moonlake 2 years ago from America

      I was watching the news and their now using drones for keeping track where sharks are. This will make it safer for beach goers and maybe not have people lose their lives or limbs. I think they are here to stay just hope they don’t bring down a plane because of carelessness. Enjoyed your hub. Voted up and shared.

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      Two or three drones might be able to hold up a skateboard and rider. Might be fun, as would be a hover-cycle.

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      Ben Zoltak 2 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Indeed, bet it will be hefty, I don't see the FAA taking that lightly! I hope to see some sort of wheel-less motorcylce made from a drone, that would be exciting...or some sort of skateboard/rollerblade sort of thing...

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      Eeeeek, target practice. I wonder what new law will levy what new fine for shooting them down??

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      Ben Zoltak 2 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      You're braver than me! I will let you know! I fear they may be used for target practice by some of our more unsavory neighbors :0(

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      @Ben Zoltak - Oh yes, very tasty and drones would be efficient and fun for such deliveries. I'll be acquiring a small drone in order to teach youth how to use drones during Civil Air Patrol demos in the community. Let me know when you see drones in the sky. :)

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      Ben Zoltak 2 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Now here's a story to watch with great trepidation! I enjoyed your balanced observations, between military and animal conservation use. Selfishly, being from the midwest, I hope that this means in the future we here in Wisconsin will finally be able to get fresh Ikura shipped in via drones!

      Cheers Patty,


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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      @Larry Rankin - Jerry Lewis even has jokes about drones in his Vegas comedy act; he stays pretty up to date. I hope ore good than harm is done with these machines.

      @mckbirdbks - The pipeline inspections by drones will save a lot of time and perhaps catch leaks more quickly! Ohio has developed many positive businesses and activities in the last decade. Parts of the Space Corridor used to be high crime areas, full of debris. Not now!

      @lawrence01 - Thanks! I am obtaining a small drone through the Civil Air Patrol resources with which to teach kids how to fly them! CAP does a lot of search & rescue and the high school members go out and help. Drones will be useful.

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Fascinating article about this technology. Most of what we hear is the military thpe stuff and naturally not always good but your hub shows some of the good things that drones can be used for.

      Good job on looking at the positive aspects of the industry



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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hi Patty - Of all the interesting fact and uses you describe I like the pipeline inspection possibilities or perhaps capabilities. There seems to be an ever increasing concern regarding pipeline safety and this seems an economical way to proceed.

      In the age of Big Brother, I see many downsides to this technolgy also.

      You sure give a boost to Ohio in your presentations.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Technology has the opportunity to help, hurt, entertain, or aggravate. We will see what drones wind up doing.

      Great read.

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      @drbj - I know what you mean - drones could go many wrong ways in a hurry. We just got rid of the Traffic Cameras in Ohio, so I don't want drones following my car now, for sure.

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      With regard to drones, Patty, I believe we have only uncovered the tip of the iceberg with reference to all the positive developments we may see from using them in the future. What worries me though is the possibility of 'evil-doers' using them for their own nefarious purposes.