Hyvion partners with Central Michigan University to build state-of-the-art drone facility


Hyvion and Central Michigan University have announced a partnership to create a nearly quarter-of-a-million dollar drone facility. Students, faculty, and staff will be given unparalleled access to FAA training, the most up-to-date gear, and working directly with Hyvion’s team.


“This project puts CMU on the map, and is a synergistic platform that will best position students to succeed in the fast paced drone industry.” said Hyvion’s founder and CEO Zach Huffman.

This project puts CMU on the map, and is a synergistic platform that will best position students succeed in the fast paced drone industry."

The facility is a cross collaboration between the College of Arts and Media, College of Business Administration, College of Science and Engineering, the university’s police department, and the university’s public broadcasting station.


Students will have the opportunity to enroll in three one credit courses - FAA regulations, drone flight, and a specialized area of interest course. The special interest courses will vary from aerial cinematography to drones in business and meteorology, taught by each respective college.


Hyvion’s Heartland Hub assisted Central Michigan faculty in designing the courses, which provide industry leading instruction and hands-on experiences. Students looking to pursue a career in drone technology will be given the opportunity to join Hyvion’s ranks after completing the three-course program.

“We’re thrilled to be able to give students a first-class experience, and have Hyvion as a partner.” said Heather Polinsky, Director of the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts overseeing the program. “This state-of-the-art facility will truly advance our student experience, and continue helping us evolve in the ever changing media industry. It was important that students not only learn to fly drones, but to also learn the legal and safety parameters of unmanned aircrafts. Hyvion helped us create that all-encompassing program”


We're thrilled to be able to give students a first-class experience, and have Hyvion as a partner."

The developed partnership also includes creating and hosting a summer drone camp for prospective students interested in attending Central Michigan University. Hands-on flights, on campus training, and FAA knowledge will help high school students learn about the capabilities of unmanned aircraft systems and how to best utilize the technology.


Central Michigan University faculty and staff have earned their FAA Part 107 certificates through Hyvion’s training program, and have begun utilizing the equipment in preparation for classes to begin this May.


Central Michigan University faculty and staff have earned their FAA Part 107 certificates through Hyvion’s training program, and have begun utilizing the equipment in preparation for classes to begin inhis May. . light an opportunity without the hassle. If you have questions or would like to learn more about Hyvion, contact us here.