Airline pilots facing expected layoffs learn to fly drones

CNN Business has reported some airline pilots are learning to fly drones in anticipation of expected layoffs in the fall, the news source said.

Aquiline Drones, a Connecticut-based startup, wants to create a gig economy for drone operators, pledging to roll out a simple smartphone app about two months from now that allows anyone with a license to take on short-term jobs, from capturing aerial footage at a wedding to snapping pictures of bridges and roadways for a public works department.

Aquiline´s goal is to help license new drone operators by the thousands — and most of them, said Alexander, will be former airline pilots.

The company´s licensing program, called Flight to the Future, is slated to begin virtual classes on September 1.