Educational Technology

January 31, 2017

Drone schools look to woo younger pilots for commercial jobs

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

Dave Kolpack, Associated Press

Leaders in the unmanned aircraft industry are trying to persuade young people who think drones are cool to consider flying them for a living. Niemeier plans to take a course through SkySkopes, a Grand Forks company that employs unmanned aircraft pilots and is offering an online class for students beginning as early as eighth grade as well as a separate flight certification course. She decided to take the class after her father — a commercial photographer with no aviation experience — was recruited by SkySkopes to test the 20-week flight training course. Matt Dunlevy, SkySkopes president and CEO, said wants to show students “who catch the drone bug early” that there are companies like his that are hiring people. He expects the drone pilot shortage to get worse. Dunlevy’s SkySkopes Academy also is starting an internship program through the University of North Dakota, one of the top aviation schools in the country.

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