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December 13, 2013

Hundreds train for jobs that don't exist yet: flying unmanned drones

  • One study predicts 70,000 new jobs in the first three years after Congress loosens restrictions on drones, with salaries between $85,000 and $115,000.
    Associated Press

    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. But instead of tapping their fingers on a controller, they're learning to fly the plane and use onboard equipment that includes a camera with a zoom lens.

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