Training for Drone Pilots
Training for Drone Pilots

There still is no agreed upon method of training for drone pilots — and keeping seasoned operators proficient — for future conflicts where U.S. drones will be flying in contested airspace.

The Air Force now trains more unmanned aerial systems pilots than bomber and fighter pilots combined, signaling a deepening dependence on the capabilities those machines provide the military. Unmanned aircraft are becoming just as ubiquitous in other services, with hundreds of soldiers, sailors and Marines learning to fly them each year.

Officials are puzzling out the appropriate combination of traditional flight training, immersive simulators and practice on operational unmanned aircraft that would constitute a standardized regimen to teach and maintain UAS pilot proficiency.


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