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Published December 12, 2013, 07:30 PM

Boom in Unmanned Aircraft System jobs

Aviation schools like UND are getting ready for a boom in Unmanned Aircraft System jobs. A recent industry study predicts more than 70,000 jobs would develop in the first three years after congress loosens restrictions on U.S. Skies.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

Aviation schools like UND are getting ready for a boom in Unmanned Aircraft System jobs. A recent industry study predicts more than 70,000 jobs would develop in the first three years after congress loosens restrictions on U.S. Skies.

City and state officials are eagerly waiting to hear if Grand Forks will become one of six tests sites to determine how well UAS's will work in the nation's air space. That decision is expected to be made by the end of the year, or in the first week in January.

UAS has been a constantly developing industry. In 2009, there were only about 5 student who had UAS as a declared major at UND, now there are more than 100.

2015 is the deadline set by Congress to have the national airspace open to UAS.

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