As you know, I have been critical of the drone program. It did get me a tour of the command center.
I will say that I was impressed with the center and the people in charge of the program. There is progress; companies are interested in what we have to offer at the airport. They would not let me see a drone because these companies are in competition with each other. Oh well, maybe next time.
I do now think we should continue to support the drone program. They are starting to make some money. There will be high-paying jobs coming. I was told these companies are looking for people who have experience in electronics or are electricians. If they pass the company’s tests, they will send you to school and train you. I don’t think there will be hundreds of jobs, but there will be some.
Pendleton High School is interested in the drone program .The airport has made room for the making of robots by high school students. Could work themselves into a career.
The drones will not give a bunch of jobs, but I think it will help Pendleton.
Rex J. Morehouse