Atoka center trains drone pilots
ATOKA, Okla. (KTEN) — Drone Express opened a training and operation facility in Atoka earlier this month.
Beth Flippo CEO of Drone Express said,
"It's a great equalizer for people, in that it is a way to get things fast and it is not expensive," said Beth Flippo, CEO of the Ohio-based company.
The training center is open to drone pilots from all over the world.
"A project we are working on currently as the businesses expand here in Atoka, we will be delivering for somebody local to us there," said flight instructor Scott Driskel.
Flippo believes the innovative service can be the difference between life and death in some instances.
"Our drones can fly for up to 10 miles," she said. "You can now see a change in those areas because you'll be able to get goods and services into them."
Driskel added that drone delivery is much safer.
"Rural areas — as we have all seen — get washed out by rain, or what-have-you. The roads aren't great. With the drone, we don't have concerns out there," he said.
Atoka Industrial Park representative Carol Ervin believes the training facility will help the city keep up with growth.
"Its given that next stage of opportunities to our youth, so they can graduate, live here, and work here," she said.