“I had never heard of drones, I didn’t know that that was something that you could do when I was coming off of the Lockheed production line. I realized that I had all of the base qualifications already. I was a pilot, I knew robots and programming. Don’t quiz me on it right now, but I understood how these things worked and I had a fresh passport so—I actually got laid off and hired on the same day. All of a sudden I’m learning [about] all these unmanned aircraft and that was a major turning point—I had never considered any of this.”
In the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration engineering lab with unmanned aircraft pilot Trevor Parcell.