AND NOW, A FEW WORDS FROM OUR CHAPTER PRESIDENT. . .
Update: November 22, 2013
Following on the heels of their highly successful Next Generation Air Transportation (NGAT) Workshop in Raleigh this summer, our Chapter members in North Carolina held a UAS community update meeting on UAS progress in their state. Topics included COA flight activities, the FAA Test Site proposal, and the status of various state-wide programs. This was also an opportunity to meet Tom Zajkowski, the new NGAT Flight Operations Manager, who has recently taken over COA management and field operations. Well Done to Kyle Snyder and all of our North Carolina members.
Our Chapter project to help the Virginia Air & Space Center create an display of unmanned aerial vehicles has been a tremendous success and our thanks go out to all of the corporate donors of the various aircraft. You can see an updated version of the power point briefing here on the Chapter website showing our concept for the project as well as all eight of the charter display platforms. Our long range plan remains to highlight the next generation of UAS applications in areas like Public Safety, Environmental Protection and Precision Agriculture. The next Chapter meeting will be an evening social, held at the VASC so that everyone can have a chance to see the aircraft, meet the Center staff, and network with the invited guests from the local community.
Finally, we again note with great sadness the passing of our friend and colleague Bob McKisson. Bob was a longtime advocate and entrepreneur in the unmanned systems industry and a Past President of the Hampton Roads Chapter. The man whose email went to "Flying Beach Chair" will be missed. A memorial service is planned for sometime next spring near the beach he loved, and we will forward details to everyone as they become available.
See you all at the VASC Reception on December 10th. Best wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving.
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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!
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