AND NOW, A FEW WORDS FROM OUR CHAPTER PRESIDENT. . .
Update: April 7, 2014
Thanks to all of you who replied to our Survey Monkey ballot on changing the date of our chapter elections. The vote was unanimously in favor of the date/term proposal among those who voted; there was one dissenting vote on the presidential travel stipend.
Our next step is to open the floor to nominations for each of the chapter officer positions. A simple email to me will get that process started. Then, on 23 April, you will see the Survey Monkey again with an election ballot. I will post the results on the chapter web site on 29 April and we will have a meeting to conduct the installation of the new officers on 1 May.
In the meantime, our chapter continues to move forward with our latest project. As you may know, we were asked by Mr. Randy Burdette, Director of Aviation for the Commonwealth of Virginia, to support the Virginia Festival of Flight (aka the Suffolk Air Show) by creating an Unmanned Systems Pavilion. The Chapter membership will have its own tent and the opportunity to display UAS platforms, discuss new technology and address future applications.
The VFF is a live “fly in” with many types of aircraft on the ramp and will include an aerial demonstration team, a display from the Tuskegee Airmen (complete with a Red Tail P-51), and a Custom Car Show on Saturday. The event web site is http://virginiaflyin.org/. Please come out, enjoy the air show and support the UAS Pavilion.
Our efforts with the FAA UAS Test Site Program and especially the Mid Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) are showing positive results as we continue the process to develop a local area to fly small, commercially focused UAS in south eastern Virginia. Research, development, testing, validation or demonstration, whatever you need to do to further the business plan for your unmanned system, will be accommodated - as long as we can support the data collection required by the FAA to further their goal of safely flying UAS in the National Airspace. Jay Willmott (Nexutech, LLC) will provide an update at the next chapter meeting.
The “RoboBoat” student USV competition will run 8-13 July this year, again at the Founders Inn, Virginia Beach. The chapter needs a strong unmanned maritime cohort to support that effort and we should take the opportunity to develop a greater maritime focus for the Hampton Roads Chapter. If that is your area of interest, this is a perfect time to step up to a leadership position, and support a worthy project at the same time. The event web site is located at the following link: http://www.auvsi.org/foundation/competitions/roboboat/overview.
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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!
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"Membership & Chapters"--"Chapters"--"Join a Chapter"
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