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Retired Air Force Col. Jerry LeMieux, founder of the Unmanned Vehicle University, is waiting for FAA certification so graduates will be fully licensed by the federal government to operate drones. The university teaches a variety of subjects online, including vehicle design and system fundamentals. (Martin S. Fuentes/Special to The Washington Times)

Retired Air Force Col. Jerry LeMieux, founder of the Unmanned Vehicle University, is waiting for FAA certification so graduates will be fully licensed by the federal government to operate drones. The university teaches a variety of subjects online, including vehicle design and system fundamentals. (Martin S. Fuentes/Special to The Washington Times)

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