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Carolina Drone Academy Recognized as Industry Leader for Drone Training And Education

Carolina Drone Academy Wins AUVSI XCELLENCE Award

ARLINGTON, Va. — Carolina Drone Academy has been named as a 2nd Place winner in the Drone Training & Education Category of the XCELLENCE Awards by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI). Carolina Drone Academy was selected from a pool of accomplished applicants. Winners were announced during the awards ceremony at AUVSI XPONENTIAL on Tuesday, May 1 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

“We are honored to be recognized as an industry leader for Drone Training and Education,” said Jeff Hemming, President and Founder of Carolina Drone Academy. “The drone training and classes we provide are a catalyst to assist businesses and government agencies to employ drones. Often times our students come into class not realizing just how much is involved with safely flying in the National Airspace. As a front line UAS training organization, it’s our commitment to promote safe practices in our own operation and flying as well as what is modeled in our training. With the XCELLENCE Awards, AUVSI is elevating the whole industry by recognizing and sharing best practices across the globe that continue to transform this dynamic industry.”

“The unmanned systems industry is innovating at an incredible rate and creating tremendous benefits for our economy, lifestyle, and society,” said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI. “The AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards recognize the companies and individuals who are propelling the industry into the future.”

The AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards honor innovators in the unmanned systems industry, including individuals and organizations, with a demonstrated commitment to advancing technology, leading and promoting safe operations, and developing programs that use unmanned systems to improve the human condition.

As the unmanned systems industry’s largest trade show and conference, XPONENTIAL offers a broad-based and balanced educational program brimming with cutting-edge content and inspirational insights, ranging from policy implications and technical challenges to use cases and best practices across vertical markets and everything in between. For more information about the AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards and XPONENTIAL, visit

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About Carolina Drone Academy

Carolina Drone Academy specializes in providing premier drone pilot training with in-person drone training courses and hands-on drone pilot flight training across most commercial sectors including the US Military, law enforcement, media and advertising companies, colleges, engineering, construction, and other government agencies. Please visit for the latest course offerings including in-person FAA 107 exam preparation classes, Driver’s ED for Drones pilot flight training, advanced drone filming and photography, along with other specialized drone solutions.


The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)—the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics—represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit

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