UOG’s Guam Drone Corps Program Certifies Twelve New Pilots


Look to the sky as new drone pilots take flight —- Twelve more federally certified drone pilots come from The University of Guam Drone Corps program.

Following earning their FAA certification, UOG drone corps members have completed 40 hours of drone flight experience, with some currently involved in internships and fieldwork opportunities.

The members underwent instructional and hands-on experience with unmanned ariel vehicles to prepare for certification, with equipment and office space to coordinate in-class lessons and simulated practicum provided by Bella Wings Aviation.

Among the areas of internships, research, and fieldwork members are engaged in include: photography, surveying, and mapping.

Combined with this second cohort, the program has produced 24 certified drone pilots.

Associate Director for NASA Guam Space Grant and NASA Guam EPSCoR, and a UOG associate professor of Geography at the Western Pacific Tropical Research Center, Romina King, said, “Through UOG Drone Corps, we are helping to build a generation of responsible drone pilots who can assist our local workforce and educational institutions with an array of aerial services. We’re excited to see our students become licensed drone pilots and contributing members of society.”

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Starting as the weather personality for the Pacific News Center in 2019, then as a reporter, Destiny Cruz is now PNC’s lead anchor, producer, writer, and TV host for two of Sorensen Media Group’s shows. Over three years at PNC, Destiny has covered issues impacting our island in areas including legislation and health, to name a few, in addition to highlighting the meaningful stories of Guam’s community in features and lifestyle. Corresponding with her professional growth, Destiny has acquired personal achievements that have contributed to her development as a dynamic woman: she is a proud graduate of the Guam Community College, earning her degree in liberal studies, a former Miss Guam (Miss World Guam 2017), and singer/songwriter.