Alaska Upward Bound photo by Bud Kuenzli  Esau Sinnok inspects a K'nex drone kit during the summer 2015 Upward Bound session on the UAF campus.

On a dirt runway 60 miles outside of Fairbanks, Wally Flynn knelt over a DJI Phantom drone. He checked its gimbals, noted the condition of the propellers and the camera attachment, listened for alert sounds and backed away. At each step, he recited what he had just done, part of a rigorous preflight procedure.

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