Skyline students Dalton Kenworthy and Jace Riggs demonstrated drone flying to USD 438 Board of Education after learning skills at agriculture conference.

Flying drones is the latest lesson students are learning in agriculture courses at Skyline High School. Agriculture students Dalton Kenworthy and Jace Riggs traveled to an agriculture workshop in Sublette that featured a drone session. The school also received a drone and Kenworthy and Riggs gave a flying demonstration in the gym for the USD 438 Board of Education during their regular monthly meeting Jan. 14.

Riggs said he used the drone to record video. Drone pilots need to pay attention to laws concerning flying drones because they are constantly changing. For they type of flying he does, Riggs doesn’t need a license.

Kenworthy said some drones are made of carbon fibers and can reach over 100 mph. The cameras are so accurate, 3-D maps can be made from their video.

Kenworthy said he was impressed with the drone presenter from Kansas State University and learned that drones range greatly in price from entry level at $300 to $,2000 to $3,000 and more for the more advanced units.

Skyline agriculture instructor Anita DeWeese, who accompanied the students to the workshop, said a lot of careers are available for drone pilots.