General Atomics Employee Outlines Company’s Journey To N.D. Training Academy

Though he got his start in aviation by jumping out of planes as a Marine, Everett Dunnick now oversees one of the newest training facilities for unmanned aircraft in the country. Dunnick is the program manager of the flight training academy that General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. is constructing at Grand Sky technology park near…
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Small Airports Could Be Next Focus Of North Dakota’s Drone Industry

NORTHWOOD, N.D. — As North Dakota continues to forge a reputation as a hub of drone activity, the potential of the technology is reaching small airports in the region. As the site of a major drone research project, Hillsboro Municipal Airport has become an example that local economic leaders hope to see others emulate. Staff…
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Application Period Closes Friday For N.D. Test Site Director

The application period for candidates interested in pursuing the executive director position at the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site comes to a close tomorrow. The position has been posted since Aug. 30. Former Executive Director Bob Becklund was promoted to brigadier general of the North Dakota National Guard in December. Becklund left his NPUASTS…
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Johnson Hired As Director Of Flight Operations At SkySkopes

Mike Johnson knows a thing or two about unmanned aircraft. The 2004 Air Force Academy graduate has spent the past 12 years working in various facets in aviation, the most recent of which serving as chief evaluator UAS pilot for the Global Hawk program at Grand Forks Air Force Base. Now, Johnson has taken a step onto a…
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Drone Video Chronicles Challenges Of Potato Farming In Red River Valley

The summer and fall weather has not been kind to potato farmers in northeastern North Dakota and a drone operator has captured their hardships on video. Darren Stinson of Grand Forks flew a drone that captured the video this past weekend near Reynolds, N.D., located about 22 miles south of Grand Forks. The footage shows tractors and…
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