Our Philosophy is simple - We strive to enhance and supplement students' education through an extensive hands-on curriculum


Curriculum Overview

I. Each DAI member first goes through comprehensive UAV training where they learn the basics of drone technology - what they're made of, how to build them, and how to fly them - in a safe and controlled laboratory environment. 

II. Members are then encouraged to apply their UAV construction skills concurrently with modern research methods to build platforms of their own and to test industry relevant hypotheses. 


Curriculum Specifics

Senior Detroit Aerial Innovations Member Zac Ward

Senior Detroit Aerial Innovations Member Zac Ward

Builds At the brink of a technological revolution, Detroit Aerial Innovations continues to push the boundaries. In the past year, the team has developed an ultrasonic sensor based obstacle avoidance platform and a complete lidar based obstacle avoidance system. These platforms will become the basis of a year long project that focuses on aerial autonomous parcel delivery. Team members are currently working to design, build, and test a fully functional delivery mechanism that will be integrated onto the platforms mentioned above. In doing so, team members will gain an understanding of the innovative techniques that are bound to change logistics, and the resulting humanitarian impacts that come with doing so. In addition, new members will continue to build 250mm first person view (FPV) camera based drones - an introductory project intended to familiarize them with the components and programming used in unmanned aerial vehicles.

Part-107 Training The Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations provides knowledge in operation and pilot certification in addition to adhering to privacy guidelines. This licensing provides a more educated and regulated airspace to supply order within operation of unmanned aerial systems. Part 107 training is a core component of Detroit Aerial Innovations educational programming.These weekly lectures provide students with an overview the fundamental principles of aviation including: airspace classification, flight decision making, and weather theory. Not only will this information aid members in adhering to the guidelines and regulations set forth by the FAA, but it will also prepare them to take the Part-107 test needed to obtain a commercial pilot's license. Detroit Aerial Innovations strives to equip students with a creative and inventive community while always holding the importance of proper licensing and safety procedures throughout their educational development to the highest degree. Through engagement with Detroit Aerial Innovations, all members will have the opportunity to attain their Part 107 license in accordance with the FAA as registered members of the airspace.