LeTourneau drone camp introduces junior high, high school students to unmanned aviation

LONGVIEW NEWS-JOURNAL - Kasey Shultz, a 15-year-old from Cuero, likes drones. He just doesn't like fixing them when they break, which was happening a lot this week, because he was flying a drone known as the "tiny whoop."

The micro-quadcopter with four propellers is prone to crashes because it's so light and unstable.

"That's annoying," he said. "I've been trying to glue this thing on for the past 20 minutes. But when they work, that's the most satisfying thing.

"When they haven't been working all day, and they've been doing that, then you get a successful flight, and you're able to get through a gate and do a successful bank."

Shultz and a handful of other junior high and high school boys spent their afternoons learning all about drones and how to fly them as part of LeTourneau University's summer camp program, which ended Friday. Drone Flight Camp brought together students and professional drone pilot/LeTourneau instructor Ruedi Schubarth, letting them experience first-person-video drone racing.

The students, in addition to gaining flight experience, got their own micro-quadcopter to take home and a working knowledge of its parts.

First, though, they had to deal with the drones breaking. A lot.

Schubarth spent most of the time Wednesday watching a few teens eagerly flying their quadcopters around a gymnasium while he glued parts back on the others' drones while they watched with dejected looks on their faces.

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