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By 2018, just five years from now, the FAA projects that 7500 drones, or unmanned aircraft, could be flying in U.S. airspace. And the University of North Dakota hopes to be supplying many of their pilots


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The newly minted drone pilots, all commercially licensed pilots as well can earn as much as $120,000 a year depending on the position. And while military combat has dominated the past decade, the future offers a wide array of possibilities, like fighting forest fires.
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How long before commercial planes are drones?


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I was just reading this. Very interesting stuff.


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How long before commercial planes are drones?


doubt that happens..i mean, would you get on a plane with no pilot?? i wouldn't..he doesn't have anything to worry about if the plane starts going down..i want that guy in there with me to know im going down with ya..i dont think the public would go for it, but thats just my thoughts..
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i was thinking about this..ive sold cars, i currently work on the railroad with trains..if i did this drone thing..i would have the trio of planes trains and automobiles..get to sit in an office type environment and not worry about working in the weather..and make $120,000 a year..wonder what the work schedule would be, how many on and how many off??


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I have a friend who flew them in Afghanistan for 2 years and made about 200K per year. He did the aviation program at Arizona State and got recruited as a civilian contractor. He got quite the jump on all of us when it came to investing for retirement. Yes I'm jealous.


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doubt that happens..i mean, would you get on a plane with no pilot?? i wouldn't..he doesn't have anything to worry about if the plane starts going down..i want that guy in there with me to know im going down with ya..i dont think the public would go for it, but thats just my thoughts..


They threw around this idea for the 787 as it's perfectly capable of doing it, but didn't do it for the exact reasons that you just said.
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Drones pilots can make up to $120,000 a year


They have people piloting drones on the border of mexico and they make more than $120,000/year.


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doubt that happens..i mean, would you get on a plane with no pilot?? i wouldn't..he doesn't have anything to worry about if the plane starts going down..i want that guy in there with me to know im going down with ya..i dont think the public would go for it, but thats just my thoughts..


I would consider flying on a drone plane. I mean, if the pilot crashes the plane due to some kind of negligence, he's losing his job at least, and I figure that plus the fact that he probably doesn't want to be responsible for the death of dozens or hundreds of people is probably pretty good motivation. I'm not really worried that the pilot is going to stop caring just because his life isn't on the line.


Now think about the benefits. If pilots can fly planes remotely, then suddenly, you'll have pilots that are much more likely to have slept comfortably in their own beds last night instead of catching a few hours of sleep in an airport hotel. If it's a very long flight, then there's no reason that the pilot that started the flight has to be the one to land it, so you can ensure that the person controlling the aircraft is fresh. Hell, if the pilot has a heart attack during the flight, suddenly it's no big deal to the people on board.

So, while there are a lot of technological aspects that I'd be concerned about, such as how secure and reliable the control system was and stuff like that, in terms of how much trust I'd have in the pilot to do his job well, I could actually see remote control being safer.


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They have people piloting drones on the border of mexico and they make more than $120,000/year.



im sure if you get into different sectors pay will increase but as a public job from what they are referring to not something to do with the military or secret service type...

oh and this is my first topic of interest, woohooo, gimme a cookie!!


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so if i can rip up some flight simulator on play station and xbox i can rock this shite out?


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such as how secure and reliable the control system was and stuff like that, in terms of how much trust I'd have in the pilot to do his job well, I could actually see remote control being safer.


with computer hacking, i wonder what the likely-hood of someone being able to hack into the system?? also, like you mentioned how reliable the system would be..what about glitches?? you know how bad they have been recently..lol


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Want to do! Where do I sign up?!


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Drones pilots can make up to $120,000 a year


And for a real life play by play of what they actually do...click here.

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He kept the targeting laser trained on the two lead men and stared so intently that each individual pixel stood out, a glowing pointillist dot abstracted from the image it was meant to form. Time became almost ductile, the seconds stretched and slowed in a strange electronic limbo. As he watched the men walk, the one who had fallen behind seemed to hear something and broke into a run to catch up with the other two. Then, bright and silent as a camera flash, the screen lit up with white flame.

Airman First Class Brandon Bryant stared at the scene, unblinking in the white-hot clarity of infrared. He recalls it even now, years later, burned into his memory like a photo negative: “The smoke clears, and there’s pieces of the two guys around the crater. And there’s this guy over here, and he’s missing his right leg above his knee. He’s holding it, and he’s rolling around, and the blood is squirting out of his leg, and it’s hitting the ground, and it’s hot. His blood is hot. But when it hits the ground, it starts to cool off; the pool cools fast. It took him a long time to die. I just watched him. I watched him become the same color as the ground he was lying on.”



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His opening day on the job was also his worst. The drone took off from Balad Air Base, fifty miles outside Baghdad in the Sunni Triangle. Bryant’s orders, delivered during a pre-shift mission briefing, were straightforward: a force-protection mission, acting as a “guardian angel” over a convoy of Humvees. He would search out IEDs, insurgent activity, and other threats. It was night in the U.S. and already daylight in Iraq when the convoy rolled out.

From 10,000 feet, Bryant scanned the road with infrared. Traffic was quiet. Everything normal. Then he spotted a strange circle, glowing faintly on the surface of the road. A common insurgent’s technique for laying IEDs is to douse a tire with gasoline, set it afire on a roadway, and dig up the softened tar beneath. The technique leaves a telltale heat signature, visible in infrared. Bryant, a fan of The Lord of the Rings, joked that it looked like the glowing Eye of Sauron.


Flying a drone can feel like a deadly two-person video game—with a pilot (left) and sensor (right).

Bryant pointed the spot out to the pilot, who agreed it looked like trouble. But when they tried to warn the convoy, they realized they couldn’t. The Humvees had activated their radio jammers to disrupt the cell-phone signals used to remotely detonate IEDs. The drone crew’s attempts at radio contact were as useless as shouting at the monitor. Brandon and his pilot patched in their flight supervisor to brainstorm a new way to reach them. They typed frantically back and forth in a group chat, a string of messages that soon included a cast of superiors in the U.S. and Iraq. Minutes passed, and the convoy rolled slowly toward the glowing circle. Bryant stared at the screen, heart pounding, scarcely breathing. The lead Humvee rolled across the eye. “Nothing happens,” says Bryant. “And we’re kind of like, maybe it was a mistake. Everyone’s like Whew, good on you for spotting it, but we’re glad that it wasn’t what you thought it was.” He remembers exhaling, feeling the nervous tension flow out of him.

“And the second vehicle comes along and boom.…”

A white flash of flame blossomed on the screen. Bryant was zoomed in as close as he could get, toggling his view between infrared and day-TV, watching in unblinking horror as the shredded Humvee burned. His headset exploded with panicked chatter from the ground in Iraq: What the frick happened? We’ve got guys down over here! Frantic soldiers milled around, trying to pull people out of the smoldering wreckage. The IED had been tripped by either a pressure plate or manual detonation; the radio jammers would have done nothing to prevent it. Three soldiers were severely wounded, and two were killed.



Posted to poli board yesterday. LONG, but very interesting.


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Thanks for the read. Deep stuff.


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So...120k plus PTSD?! B-B-B-B-Bonus!


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i dont think what they are training them for up there is military..from the article and video is seems more to do with public type work, they referred to fighting fires and checking out large crops and actually using the drones to dust certain areas of the crops that have a smaller portion of bugs or disease..


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Sucks that drone pilots are getting paid more than real pilots.....


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Makes perfect sense. Limited pool of talent.

How many midget pilots you see walking around?


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