OSU’s Villegas Certainly Not ‘Droning’ on About ‘Drones’

With more than 15,000 plus folks holding eXtension IDs and some fraction of those working hard in learning networks, user communities, and communities of practice there’s bound to be a star somewhere in the bunch. Whether he’s ready for American Idol or The Voice is up to him but Victor Villegas, Oregon State University Technology & Media Support Coordinator is turning people on to unmanned aerial systems with songs.

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Victor is one of the leaders of the eXtension Unmanned Aerial Systems user community. Unmanned Aerial Systems or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) are more commonly known as “drones”, a term used by the media and general public. Victor used to fly full size airplanes but now pilots drones with both feet on the ground…whether nano drones that fit in the palm of your hand, remote controlled planes and helicopters, or virtual vehicles that operate on screen more like a video game than a flight simulator.

And, to top it all off…Victor’s married his love of this unique technology with his own unique talent…singing and songwriting. And, he’s getting famous for it. NetworkWorld recently featured him in an article “Meet the Tech Dude Who Doubles as the Weird Al of Drone Songs”. The article highlights Villegas’ penchant for drones and creative song writing…”If You Get a Drone for Christmas” or his personal favorite “Dronie, Dronie”. Reggae, doo-wop, holiday carols, and even disco address this new technology with humor and creativity. But behind all of Victor’s music is his message…drone safety.

Details of Victor’s story can be found in the NetworkWorld article and a play list of his video and musical stylings can be found on YouTube or on SoundCloud.

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