Colorado Firm Hopes To Expand From Screening To Training
The U.S. Air Force reportedly is looking at giving its UAS
pilots some actual stick time, and a company in Colorado hopes to
be able to provide that.
Doss Aviation has been the Air Force's screener for potential
pilots since 2006, and the company is hoping for a modification of
its contract to include initial flight training at Pueblo, CO
Municipal Airport (KPUB). Program manager Paul Walker told The
Pueblo Chieftain the company hopes to have the contract
modification in place by early 2011.
Doss already provides initial training for Air Force Officers at
KPUB before they move on to more advanced aircraft. Expanding the
training to UAS pilots would increase the number currently in the
program from 1,850 to 2,250, according to the paper. That would
require about 5 additional employees and some new airplanes as
well, Walker said.
USAF Global Hawk
The company says the UAS candidates would get the same training
as the other pilots. In fact, Walker said, the UAS pilots would
probably fly more.