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Schools prepare for boom in drone jobs

December 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Dave Kolpack
The Associated Press

GRAND FORKS — 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 …continue reading on

UND touts new training for drone pilots

October 10, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS The University of North Dakota announced Thursday a new program to train pilots of the Predator unmanned aircraft using a full-size simulator. Continue Reading

Grand Forks County sheriff gets rare authorization for nighttime drone use

October 3, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS Piloted by Grand Forks police Cpl. Tim Schuh using a stylus on a video screen, a small hovering unmanned aircraft with four rotors and two cameras created a video map Thursday of the scene of a violent crime from 400 feet above it. Continue Reading

Publications handicap ND’s chances to become UAS test site

August 23, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS North Dakota appears to be one of the leading contenders in the race to land one of six national test sites to integrate unmanned aircraft into the national airspace. Continue Reading

Don’t call them the D-word: Unmanned aircraft have evolved beyond old uses

May 31, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS Unmanned aircraft vehicles. Remotely piloted vehicles. Unmanned aerial systems. The future of aviation is set to include vehicles without a human pilot on board, and people in the industry have one request about their aircraft. Please don’t call them “drones.” Continue Reading

Former ND Guard commander named to head test site

May 28, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK A former North Dakota Air National Guard commander will be the director of a proposed unmanned aircraft systems test site that would be located in the northeastern part of the state, Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Tuesday. Continue Reading

Eye in the sky: Bill requiring warrant for drone use passes House

February 22, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK North Dakota law enforcement may soon be required to obtain a search warrant in order to use an unmanned aircraft system, or drone, for civilian surveillance purposes. Continue Reading

No drone use in Stark County

February 2, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

It may be a bird. It may be a plane. But any unidentifiable objects in the skies over Stark County or Dickinson are not law enforcement drones. Continue Reading

FAA red tape grounds Otter Tail County, Minn.’s drone used for mapping

April 29, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Otter Tail County, Minn.’s small unmanned drone used for aerial surveying and mapping has been grounded by Federal Aviation Administration red tape.
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