Drone flying program offered at University of Louisiana at Monroe, first in the state

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In this Jan. 14, 2014 photo, University of Louisiana at Monroe associate professor Paul Karlowitz demonstrates how to launch a drone in Monroe, La. Karlowitz is spending less time in an airplane cockpit and more time on the ground leading ULM’s new drone program, a concentration within the aviation department. ULM, the only Louisiana university to offer such a concentration, also offers a post-baccalaureate certificate. (AP Photo/The News-Star, Emerald McIntyre)

MONROE, La. — Paul Karlowitz has spent more than 40 years flying airplanes or teaching people to fly them, first as a U.S. Air Force pilot and now as a professor of aviation at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

But today, Karlowitz is spending less time in an airplane cockpit and more time on the ground leading ULM’s new drone program, a concentration within the aviation department. ULM, the only Louisiana university to offer such a concentration, also offers a post-baccalaureate certificate.

“It’s really a coming thing,” Karlowitz said of unmanned aircraft technology.

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