|Aviation schools prepare for boom in drone jobs
Updated Dec 12, 01:25 AM
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Two student pilots are seated shoulder to shoulder before a bank of video monitors, maneuvering an unmanned aircraft by keyboard and mouse as the drone descends toward a virtual runway in a suburban landscape.
Aaron Gabrielson and Andrew Regenhard, aviation students at the University of North Dakota and self-proclaimed video-game junkies, could just as well be sitting on a couch playing Xbox.
Dozens of other schools offer some courses in what's known as UAS - unmanned aircraft systems - which range from drones as big as small planes to 2-foot-wide mini-helicopters.