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Aviation schools prepare for boom in drone jobs
Updated Dec 12, 01:25 AM
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - 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 suburban landscape.
Aaron Gabrielson and Andrew Regenhard, aviation students at the University of North Dakota and self-proclaimed video-game junkies, could just as well be sitting on a couch playing Xbox.
Dozens of other schools offer some courses in what's known as UAS - unmanned aircraft systems - which range from drones as big as small planes to 2-foot-wide mini-helicopters.
Sports Story of the Day
Shanahan sits RG3; Cousins will start for Redskins
Updated Dec 11, 05:57 PM
ASHBURN, Va. - It takes quite the sales job to explain why a medically cleared Robert Griffin III won't play for the rest of the season.
Embattled Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan realized that and gave it his best shot Wednesday, speaking passionately at times in a 28-minute news conference that included references to the team's "circus atmosphere" and insistences that the move isn't a ploy to get himself fired.
Shanahan's reasoning is that he fears Griffin, who has taken a pounding in recent weeks, will get hurt, and that would ruin the franchise player's offseason - a reversal of Shanahan's oft-stated position that Griffin needed as much game experience as possible and would play to the end of the season.
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