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.”