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High school students spread their wings as new aviation program takes flight in Rochester

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Flight simulators and drones are now part of the curriculum offerings for the Spaulding High School Air Force Junior ROTC.

Entering the classroom, known as the Aviation Learning Lab, you see drones in preparation for use and cadets active on flight simulators.

Student cadets sit in a position not unlike that of the cabin of a small plane. They perform a preflight check, take off and, using a yoke, steer the plane toward a destination anywhere in the world. Flying virtually over someplace like the Taj Mahal from Rochester is not out of the question.

Under supervision, student cadets take drones outside and learn to fully operate them, earning a drone pilot certificate.

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