February Chapter Meeting Our Best Attended!
A total of 54 people - members and prospective members - participated in the 26 February meeting at Thomas Nelson Community College and heard our guest speaker Dr. Craig Woolsey outline the Mid Atlantic Aviation Partnerships (MAAP) role in support of the FAA goal of safely flying unmanned aerial systems in the National Airspace System by 2015. 

The presentation slides are attached below, and you can visit the MAAP web site at:
If you were unable to attend the meeting, all of the Chapter Business slides are also attached below.  Please note the upcoming electronic vote on changes to our chapter bylaws and our election of new officers in April.

MAAP Briefing to AUVSI HR.pdf


Update: January 3, 2014


At our first Chapter meeting of the year we will set the course for our collective efforts for the next 12 months. Attend if you can, send me an email with your inputs if you can’t.  An active Chapter furthers all of our personal and business interests and your thoughts are an important part of that effort.

In January I attended a round table discussion called by Virginia’s Senator Mark Warner to kickstart the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP).  Having been selected as one of the six FAA UAS Test Sites was just the first step in developing an organization that can further our goal of someday flying unmanned systems in the National Airspace. We want the Hampton Roads Chapter to be a significant participant in advancing those efforts and we are working with NASA Langley to find local facilities to fly our unmanned aircraft in support of the data gathering requirements as put forth by the FAA UAS Roadmap.  That’s why we have asked Dr. Craig Woolsey (Deputy Director of the MAAP) to speak to the membership at our next meeting. 

We also have an opportunity to play a leading role in the Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology Consortium (UMSTC).  Many of you heard Mr. Dick Rumpf outline the Department of the Navy’s concept to leverage small business capabilities to fill the robotics needs of the Fleet.  Dick is still working to get final approval – and funding –to move that program forward.  He has advised that he will provide an update at the first opportunity.

Phase One of our Chapter project to help the Virginia Air & Space Center create a display of unmanned vehicles was completed with the delivery of the eighth donated aircraft.  Phase Two will be to define and develop the educational content – the imagery, video and other materials that support the themes of unmanned systems in Public Safety, Precision Agriculture and Environmental Protection.  The collective experience of our membership is crucial in putting these themes into the public mindset, and we welcome anyone with an interest in participating.

Our plan to hold a Conference on Work Force Development for Unmanned Systems, the potential for a live-fly Public Safety Demonstration and the proposed Robotics Summer Camp with Thomas Nelson Community College are also on the agenda.  Other ideas are also welcome and we will decide at the February meeting which of these efforts we will pursue for the next year.  Be there!

Jerry Wright
President, HRC-AUVSI

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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"

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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.