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03-31-2009 05:19 PM  9 years agoPost 1
500Driver

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Burlington, IA

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Hey There,

Anyone on the 'inside' or at least have the inside scoop on getting a "UAV Job"?

I'm a civilian pilot...commercial/instrument rated in helicopters (several thousand hours)...private/instrument rated in fixed-wing with a couple hundred hours.

I'd love to switch gears and start piloting UAVs but just not sure who's hiring 'guys like me'.

Getting into just about any facet of the technology would be great too...just to be working around UAVs...but ideally I'd like to be a pilot.

Anyway...any help, leads, tips, etc...much appreciated.

- Don

When in doubt...auto out

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03-31-2009 05:37 PM  9 years agoPost 2
trunkmunki

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Bangor

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Shoot a resume to Customs and Border Patrol. I am deployed with a guy right now who's day job is a Pred. pilot for CBP. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that CBP and the military are going to be your best shot.

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04-16-2009 04:36 AM  9 years agoPost 3
DANNO

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St. Petersburg, Florida

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insitu.com

www.skypiximaging.com

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04-16-2009 06:14 AM  9 years agoPost 4
ErichF

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Sutton, NH

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Yeah, one of our former operators just got hired by Insitu. They make the Scan Eagle aircraft system.

Erich

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04-16-2009 07:05 PM  9 years agoPost 5
wxyz

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calif*, U know where

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Unless you live in the UAE, Iran or N. Korea, U make your own work in the UAV business. Insitu is the small startup, General Atomics is the big corporation, & the rest are basically 1 guy with an army contract.

Go to diydrones.com & you'll say man, there are a lot of guidance, navigation & control experts in the world.

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04-16-2009 10:20 PM  9 years agoPost 6
RQ-1B DRIVER

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Whittier, CA

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General Atomics
General Atomics is always hiring pilots,sensor operators,technicians and mechanics. Go to the website. You need to be able to get or already have a security clearance and deploy World wide.

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06-23-2009 04:05 PM  9 years agoPost 7
jphilli

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Atlanta, Ga.

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A bit off topic but I got a chance to see Scan Eagle in action at Quantico earlier this year. That setup is quite an amazing one and expensive as well.

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07-10-2009 04:07 AM  9 years agoPost 8
solman

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pensacola, Fl USA

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Look up jobs with northrup grumman. I am looking to intern there next summer and they do some of the best uav work in the business. This is our team. http://uwf.edu/sse/news/uascompetition.cfm If your a commercial pilot you can get a job with northrup as a uav pilot some at the tune of 170k a year.

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08-10-2009 07:29 PM  9 years agoPost 9
DKTek

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Melbourne, FL-USA

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The beatings will continue until morale improves...

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