Drone Degree Develops at East Texas University 

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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) – Alex Osiadacz reports: A budding drone program at one East Texas university is giving students more career options in the aviation industry.

LeTourneau University‘s degree in the unmanned aircrafts has students looking to get involved, and the economics of the industry might be the leading factor. It’s a practice ground for the next generation of pilots, and the developing industry is driving more into the field.

“You don’t often think about that for every drone there’s a pilot behind it controlling it,” aviation professor Ruedi Schubarth said.

There’s not a flight deck, but it’s more than just a remote control, and that’s getting some excited about the opportunities.

“Think that they could get into aviation or weren’t really interested because they thought it was kind of a fairytale thought of sorts to fly, so it sort of opens up the door,” Student Cullen Hippler said.

Schubarth added what these unmanned aircrafts are doing is part of a multi-billion dollar private industry that’s getting bigger.

“Take pictures, but also collect information about….(read more)

Source: KLTV.com|ETX News



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