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

Updated on November 5, 2018
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Ms. Inglish is a successful employment & training pro, setting Midwest regional records with tens of thousands placed in 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 the 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? New drones do other things.

Today, these devices are unmanned flying machines that deliver goods that include medicines, provide surveillance in war and crime zones, help with humanitarian aid, and aide with Civil Air Patrol search and rescue missions.

These flying machines can track endangered species to provide information on migration patterns that may help animal scientists to save whole wildlife populations. They can also help look for missing people, like wandering senior citizens and even criminals.

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 the world and without these insects, our food supplies would be drastically limited.

A drone bee fertilizes the colony Queen mechanical fliers may be able to help such bees.
A drone bee fertilizes the colony Queen mechanical fliers may be able to help such bees. | Source

University Development of Flying Machines Without Pilots

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 had over 1,200 aerospace manufacturing companies in that year and many more now.

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

The FAA has written 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 these machines into the civilian arena can offer

  • 2,700 jobs by 2025 in Ohio
  • 100,000 jobs nationwide
  • $82 billion of revenue stream
  • Many sources estimate $90 billion in revenues by 2025.

I see it as the next frontier in aviation.

— OSU Associate Professor Jim Gregory, College of Engineering

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.

Practical Uses for Drones

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

Other Frequent Uses for Unmanned Aviation Devices

  • Ambulance drones with built-in defibrillators.
  • 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.

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

Unmanned Aerial Systems Academic Summit

Dayton's Sinclair Community College and The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio held the first Unmanned Aerial Systems Academic Summit (UASAS) 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 required the FAA to fully integrate unmanned aircraft into the private sector and civilian airspace under the National Airspace System by September 2015.

The Ohio State University Aerospace:
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, U

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Wright Patterson Air Force Base:
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, USA

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Sinclair Community College:
Sinclair Community College, 444 West 3rd Street, Dayton, OH 45402, USA

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Center of the The Ohio Space Corridor

University of Cincinnati:
University of Cincinnati, 2600 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220, USA

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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 Commercial Crew, including Lockheed Martin. At least 130,000 people are employed by aerospace businesses in the state. At least 10 Ohio universities offer a PhD program in aerospace.
  • Astronaut and Senator John Glenn led the new Ohio State University College of Public Affairs at age 94. He was the lone survivor of the Mercury 7 Astronauts until his death in late 2016.
  • 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.
  • Ohio's Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon.
  • Dayton was the center of research for the US Army Air Corps during WWII and for the USAF from that era forward. Wright Patterson Air Force Base brings $5 billion annually into Ohio.

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A drone bee in flight. Compare it to the machine in the next photo.DIY Quadcopter - You can build one yourself.
A drone bee in flight. Compare it to the machine in the next photo.
A drone bee in flight. Compare it to the machine in the next photo. | Source
DIY Quadcopter - You can build one yourself.
DIY Quadcopter - You can build one yourself. | Source

Largest Ohio Aerospace Companies

  • Applied Optimization - Dayton
  • Azimuth Corporation: Dayton
  • Boeing Company: Heath
  • 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 Support: Niles
  • Raytheon: Fairborn
  • Spectra Research: Dayton
  • Service Engineering: Dayton

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 Hiring UAV Workers

  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


  • Batterson, Paul.; 2013. Ohio's aerospace industry: the $8 billion powerhouse. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  • Inglish, P. Attendance at Active Air Force Civil Air Patrol educator training weeks in Michigan and Ohio; August 2013, August 2017, August 2018.

© 2015 Patty Inglish MS


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