Monthly Archives: August 2012

Mississippi Commmunity College Hinds Drone Pilot Program Enlists “Non-traditional” Remote Airplane-Video Game and “Fresh Out of High School” Students

(…)Students of all ages already are inquiring into the program, Pearcy said.

“We’ve had people just out of high school, but also a lot of nontraditional type students and people who have always had an interest in remote control aircraft,” he said. “Right now we probably have more nontraditional students than freshmen right out of high school.”(…)

 

Soooooooo………..

Nerds and Video-game Heads, here’s your chance to get that dream job and here is a piece of news that will bring the new age of drones right down to your local community level. Message to us “civilians”?

 

Get used to having your every step outside your door under surveillance for any reason these young men and their bosses deem necessary or expedient to their purposes whether you are comfortable with that or not.

“Smile, you’re on candid camera!”

All you cattle rustlers are on notice too………

 

potential civilian uses

Some projected civilian uses for UAVs will include:

•Search and rescue

•Border patrol

•Pipeline patrol

•Conservation efforts

•Home security surveillance

•Road patrol

•Anti-piracy

•Livestock monitoring

•Wildfire mapping

•Electromagnetic spectrum, gamma ray, biological, and chemical sensors

•Oil, gas and mineral exploration and production

•Transport

•Weather research

 

 

Of course, let’s not forget the military applications:

UAV categories

UAVs typically fall into one of six functional categories (although multi-role airframe platforms are becoming more prevalent):

•Target and decoy – providing ground and aerial gunnery a target that simulates an enemy aircraft or missile.

•Reconnaissance – providing battlefield intelligence.

•Combat – providing attack capability for high-risk missions.

•Logistics – designed for cargo and logistics operation.

•Research and development – used to further develop UAV technologies to be integrated into field deployed UAV aircraft.

•Civil and Commercial UAVs – designed for civil and commercial applications.

Source: Wikipedia

 

http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20120826/NEWS/208260393?nclick_check=1

Hinds Drone Program Gets Off the Ground  Civilian industry expected to explode in next 5 years
11:02 PM, Aug 25, 2012

Dennis Lott, (right), Hinds Community College Aviation Department UAS (unmanned ariel systems) instructor, and son Paul check the drone. Paul Lott, volunteering his time, is employeed by a contractor working for the government flying drones in Afghanistan. / Barbara Gauntt/The Clarion-Ledger

I included the linked photo above to put a few of the human faces together with their professional aspirations to be the eyes that watch us. I especially notice the young boys in the background who look eagerly and curiously on with no doubt hopes of careers remotely piloting drones of this most basic type as well as the other more technologically advanced and multi-tasked capable drones.

 

Jackson, Mississippi, Clarion Ledger Story,Written by
Therese Apel

When news hit earlier this month that an American drone had killed at least 10 al-Qaida militants, instructors some 8,000 miles away at Hinds Community College were working on Mississippi’s first program to train drone pilots.

Currently the market on unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, also known as drones, is almost completely military. But in February, President Barack Obama signed a bill giving the Federal Aviation Administration three years to “integrate” UAVs into the national air space along with piloted aircraft.

Seeing that opening, HCC’s leaders thought it was time to start training the people who will pilot those crafts.  (…)

(…) “In the next two to five years this industry will explode,” said instructor/ consultant Dennis Lott. “There are so many opportunities that will be available, there will be more positions than pilots and technicians to fill them.”

Hinds already has a traditional aviation course that trains pilots. The UAV program will allow students to take four courses that will train them to fly the unmanned aircraft.

The people who go into those military positions tend to have hand-eye coordination and technical knowledge that comes from personal experience with radio-controlled aircraft or video games.

The idea for the class at Hinds was born a few years ago when the college’s aviation chairman, Randy Pearcy, was discussing an ROTC program with New York surgeon Dr. Butch Rosser. (…)

You see? This has been in the making for “years”.

Now put the pieces of the puzzle together, take them out of their little compartmentalized boxes, and assemble this picture of life in the age of the drones controlled by those quick reflexed sharp eyed young men with the highest technological video game consoles you could ever imagine possible sitting in their comfortable chairs in climate controlled rooms with remote control of these tools capable of all the above real life actions.

 

The possibilities for both good and evil use of drones are endless………….