CHAPTER PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Update: March 9, 2015
Wow, this year sure got off to a brisk beginning! The cold weather has not put a chill on our region's UXS activities ... if anything, things really heated up in the first quarter! Here's a quick recap of Chapter activity:
-Participation in VA's new Cyber / UAS Subcommittee
-First "Lunch & Learn" event at Thomas Nelson CC
(Special thanks to speaker Jack Ralston, of Bihrle!)
-Participation in National Aerospace Day, in Richmond
(Included several intense days of lobbying legislators!)
-Attended Reception for AUVSI President Brian Wynn
(who is, by the way, a staunch supporter of Chapters!)
-UXS Workforce Development Workshop with TNCC
Significantly, in February the FAA finally released the draft "Small" UAS rule for comment. The Virginia state legislature was focused on passing new laws requiring warrants be obtained by first responders prior to using UAS for most applications. Despite strong support from AUVSI HQ in general and HQ's Government Relations Manager, Mario Mairena in particular, lack of support from the broader law enforcement aviation community caused restrictive UAS laws to be enacted in a state where wide acceptance of UAS ought to have been expected. Nonetheless, this year marked an uptick in support for UAS from the Commonwealth's huge aerospace community, who helped us portray UAS as the future to be embraced, rather than an inevitability to be feared.
I want to formally acknowledge Jennifer Player, who was elected in a special election to fulfil the roles and duties of Secretary for our Chapter. Jennifer will be adding her own personal touch to the Chapter website and communications, not the least significant will be improved and timely communication of Chapter events.
Welcome, Jennifer, and thank you for your support! I'll use this opportunity to announce the Chapter's need for a Programs Chairperson to help us plan an exciting years worth of events, throughout the commonwealth! If this is of interest, please get in touch with me ASAP.
The next -really big- event for all of us in AUVSI will be the -huge- national show which takes place in Atlanta during early May. I strongly encourage y'all to attend this event if you never have (or, even if you have...this will be my 29th consecutive show!) and get a feel for all the emerging technology trends that are taking place.
I look forward to seeing many of you there! Until then,
Stay warm until Spring arrives.
Hampton Roads Chapter, AUVSI
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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.