Oct 11, 2013 at 11:52 am
The university of north Dakota is launching a training program for pilots of unmanned aircraft. The simulator based curriculum will take place at the grand forks air force base and involve predator drones. The u-s air force research lab is providing nearly five-and-a-half million to help develop flight training programs at u-n-d. Lt-governor drew Wrigley says it’s just one more reason for north Dakota to be designated a test site for unmanned and manned aircraft. The f-a-a is expected to announce six test sites by the end of the year.
u-a-s activity is considered to be the fastest growing aviation field with both military and civilian applications. U-n-d aerospace dean bruce smith says future demand for commercial u-a-s pilots is limitless. Smith says 15 years from now the air vehicle of choice with the exception of passenger flights will be u-a-s.