Hot Shots & Hot Jobs: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Go Soaring for a Bird’s Eye View

Hot Shots & Hot Jobs: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Go Soaring for a Bird’s Eye View
Hot Shots & Hot Jobs: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Go Soaring for a Bird’s Eye View
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In just a few short years, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, sometimes called drones) has risen dramatically. You may know someone who flies one as a hobby, and you’ve certainly seen the breathtaking bird’s-eye footage they can produce for movies and television. But these agile little planes can do a lot more than make cool movies. Since their human pilots are safely on the ground, UAVs are light and nimble enough to move freely around an area without the usual dangers of flight.

They can be deployed for a variety of practical purposes: monitoring crops, checking on oil pipelines, even helping to fight wildfires. Their ability to see a large area from a safe distance makes them useful in military operations, border security and disaster relief. They can even fly into the eye of a hurricane to study its strength and progress.

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