CHAPTER PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Update: December 24th, 2014
Dear friends, what an exciting and event-filled year this has been in our little but burgeoning world of unmanned systems. As we look back on the events of 2014, recall our Chapter's participation in Virginia's Festival of Flight, our landmark support of AUVSI Foundation's Roboboat competition, and our support of the Virginia Tech-led Mid-Atlantic Avition Partnership through representation at their inaugural flight in Blacksburg, attendance at the Public Safety Workshop at Fort Pickett, and ongoing efforts to "socialize" unmanned technologies with our friends in the Virginia Legislature. We again supported "Hill Day" in Washington, to further reinforce the ever-more positive perception of unmanned systems with our national leadership, and in that vein,.our meeting with Cong. Rob Wittman was successful and helped us to re-inforce our budding relationship with Thomas Nelson Community College, which has pledged even greater Chapter support going forward. To that end, I am pleased to announce the start of what I expect will evolve into regular, quarterly Chapter "Lunch & Learn" events to be held at TNCC beginning on January 28th.
At this meeting, we will briefly look back at the events of 2014, but also chart our path forward into 2015 and beyond. A key activity we will initiate will be our own "hill day" here in the Commonwealth, for which we will marshall our resources and actively and personally engage our legislators to make our perspectives and positions known. It's time -OUR- voices were heard, and we will need ALL our members, and members of other groups with whom we are allied, including local AMA and drone user clubs to join us in delivering -our- message to our state leaders as they consider new laws that could restrict the use of unmanned systems.
So please plan to attend the 28 January Lunch & Learn
and lend your influence + voices to this Chapter cause.
For those of you who will be getting, or know someone who may be (I already got mine this year) a new drone under the tree (or even perhaps, in your stocking!), we want to point you to a new website being promoted by AMA, AUVSI, and FAA and designed to familiarize the uninitiated drone operator with the Do's and Don'ts of operating thse shiny new drones in national airspace! Visit knowbeforeyoufly.org or just click the link below:
KNOW BEFORE YOU FLY WEBSITE LINK
Hey, THANKS to my fellow Chapter officers and all our members who have contributed -so much- of their own time and energies to support AUVSI's Hampton Roads Chapter. As I've said before, this is what we make of it.
Please accept my very best wishes for a thoroughly enjoyable, relaxing and safe holiday season. I will look forward to leading our group into an exciting new year.
President, Hampton Roads Chapter
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ABOUT HAMPTON ROADS CHAPTER...
Our hallmark activity is the "Roboboat" Student Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) Competition, held at Founders Inn in Virginia Beach in July. Get details at the AUVSI Foundation website:
The RoboBoat Competition challenges student teams to design and build ASVs that operate under rules of the waterway. This includes littoral area navigation, channel following and autonomous docking. This event is co-sponsored by Office of Naval Research (ONR) and members of the business community.
Our Chapter also holds regular meetings (Executive Committee typically meets each month--all members are welcome to attend) with the goal of providing an ever-expanding variety of informative technical and social events for our vast regional membership.
Come join us in shaping the future of unmanned technology. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming HR Chapter event!
Your Chapter Affiliation is Not Automatic!
If you are a current AUVSI member within the Greater Hampton Roads region (Richmond to Raleigh) and aren't affiliated with the Hampton Roads Chapter, now is a good time to affiliate!
Attend Chapter meetings, become part of our many projects and make some new contacts and friends at the same time! It's easy!
From the AUVSI home page, click at the top on:
"Membership & Chapters"--"Chapters"--"Join a Chapter"
You may also copy the following link to your web browser:
Please keep your Profile up to date on the main AUVSI website as well. This provides Association members looking for you / your company's products or services with a usable point of contact.