DAYTON, Ohio — Only one college in Ohio offers a bachelor’s degree in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) — Sinclair Community College. The UAS program was established in 2008. The program teaches the ins and outs of drone flight technology as well as other modern flight systems.
Now the program is taking another step in its advancement by awarding the first winner of the UAS business plan competition.
“It’s a party for Greg Wirth,” said Sinclair College President Dr. Steven L. Johnson. “We are here to celebrate the success of Mr. Greg Wirth, winner of our first business plan competition.
Wirth is in his second year in the UAS program at Sinclair. He said his winning idea for a pilot recruitment and support business will provide opportunities not only for him, but also for his fellow Sinclair students.
“I’m basically going to be a flight service operator,” Wirth said. “I will provide support personnel for Sinclair’s UAS program as and when required. Then the business will expand to other avenues.
Wirth admits he’s not the age you’d expect for a typical student, but for him, that’s the beauty of the program.
“It attracts people who have inquisitive minds who want to learn and take an opportunity that has never been done before,” Wirth said.
Wirth receives a $25,000 support package from Sinclair and the Hub’s Entrepreneur Center. The funding will help establish, grow and support his company Airborne Solutions of Ohio.
“It’s the school that rewards me for helping them, and in turn, I will help the school and the students. It’s kind of a big happy family,” Wirth said.
Sinclair’s UAS program executive director and chief scientist Andrew Shepherd said picking Wirth as the winner was a clear choice.
“He’s got a big heart about him,” Shepherd said. “He wants to help other students get their resumes and work experience through this type of flight service company.”
Wirth said the startup will employ as many Sinclair UAS-trained pilots as possible, which makes him eager to see what the future holds.
“In an area like Dayton, Ohio, it’s an aviation community, I don’t see anything but a benefit to that,” he said.
To learn more about Sinclair’s UAS program, visit its website.