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AUVSI Cascade Chapter: Keeping an Eye on the Northwest Unmanned Scene


Subject:  Hope to See You at Exponential 2017 in Dallas May 8 - 11!
News from around the Northwest about drones and unmanned systems
from the Cascade Chapter of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
 

 

Thanks to all of you who participated in 
"Drones, Droids and Unmanned Systems" April 6th in Tacoma!

The program's presentations are now posted under the "Knowledge" pull down menu here on the website.

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Save the Dates for Our Next AUVSI Cascade

Future Unmanned Systems Forum

 Kah-Nee-Ta High Desert Resort - Warm Springs, Oregon

September 27th - 29th, 2017

 


Help Inform Our Lawmakers!

April 19, 2017 

Oregon UAS Legislative Update

 

AUVSI Cascade Chapter continues to track legislation on UAS in both the Oregon and Washington legislatures.  In Oregon, an amended version of HB 3049 was approved out of the House Judiciary Committee April 18th.  As passed, this bill prohibits all drone operations that may harass, or otherwise annoy, an owner/occupant of property.  Importantly, this bill takes no consideration of the nature of the operations – all that matters is that the property owner/occupant feels harassed or annoyed.  Also, an amendment that would have exempted commercial operations authorized by the FAA was considered, but rejected.

 

Representative Huffman, the bill’s author and proponent, "promised" the committee that when the bill moves over to the Senate he will be offering an amendment that will permit certain commercial operations.  According to him, the amendment isn’t quite ready for prime time.  Specifically, Representative Huffman referred to the use cases of Amazon deliveries, AT&T transmission inspections, and public utilities as types of operations they would work on exempting.  Unfortunately, he did indicate that blanket “commercial operations” would be too porous of an exception in his opinion.  While it’s good that some deference is being shown to the industry, it is generally a recipe for bad law to only have specific use cases in mind when crafting legislation – particularly when dealing with a rapidly growing industry.

 

Please reach out to your contacts and impress upon them that there is a discussion occurring within the FAA leadership in supporting how local law enforcement can pursue drone operators who violate existing privacy laws and regulations.  This is important as clearly we face the challenge that there is real concern coming from the communities about what is being done to prevent perceived harassing activities. 

 

Please request that our legislators reach out to the FAA to use the support programs that they (FAA) have for drafting legislation.  This will not only take advantage of the FAA's long-standing airspace management expertise, but it will also hold both the legislators and the FAA accountable for rule making consistency across our nation vice the alternative of a hodge-podge of local or regional rules. 

 

The two documents, the links for which are below, are from the FAA and are designed to help law enforcement address UAS issues.  Please encourage our legislators to pursue these education programs that give law enforcement the tools they need to address those activities potentially perceived as harassment.  Our UAS community and our communities writ large will both benefit - all while making the lawmakers' jobs easier since they won't have to invent potentially bad solutions!

 

FAA_UAS-PO_LEA_Guidance.pdf

FAA-UAS-DRONE-LE-ReferenceCard.pdf

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Join AUVSI today through Membership in the AUVSI Cascade Chapter!
  • Join the two-time "National Chapter of the Year" as an individual or corporate member
  • Be part of the vibrant, exciting unmanned systems and robotics community here in the NW
  • Members get special reduced rates on our conference registration fees for our twice yearly main events, chapter newsletters detailing news of the industry in the region, invitations to networking events in Oregon and Washington and access to all the benefits our international AUVSI organization provides members.  
  • If you're an INDIVIDUAL and wish to join, please click the following link and make sure you affiliate with the Cascade Chapter:
  • If you're a COMPANY, please let a Cascade Chapter Board Member know so we can set up a call with the national representatives to facilitate the process at your convenience.  
  • If your organization joins AUVSI with our help, the Cascade Chapter will receive a chapter rebate which will help sustain our chapter initiatives here in the Northwest, especially our highly acclaimed STEM initiatives.
  • Simply email Chapter President Tom Hagen at tom.hagen375@gmail.com for more info.

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On May 8, 2017, the largest global community of leaders in drones, intelligent robotics and unmanned systems will come together to shape the future of our industry. If you've never attended AUVSI XPONENTIAL - this is the one year you don't want to miss!  XPONENTIAL features exclusive speakers, innovative programs and dynamic educational opportunities that inspire and strengthen the people who are shaping the future of our industry.


This year you can help our Cascade Chapter under a new incentive plan AUVSI is offering chapters.  Just write the special code "CH17CASCADE" in the referral box on the registration form and AUVSI Cascade will receive a 5% rebate of each attendee's registration fee who has not attended Xponential in the past two years.  Those contributions will help us continue to fund valuable conferences and support STEM initiatives in Oregon and Washington.  Thank you for helping our chapter help our industry and support our students here in the Northwest! 
 
For more information and to register visit www.xponential.org

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Join AUVSI in the Northwest through Membership in AUVSI Cascade

From the greater Northwest (even beyond Oregon and Washington) and not already a member of AUVSI?  Please join the two-time "National Chapter of the Year" as an individual or corporate member of Cascade Chapter.  By doing so, you'll be part of the vibrant and exciting unmanned systems and robotics community here in the region.  Members get special reduced rates on our conference registration fees for our twice yearly main events, chapter newsletters detailing news of the industry in the region, invitations to networking events in Oregon and Washington and access to all the benefits our international AUVSI organization provides members.  If you're an INDIVIDUAL and wish to join, please click the following link and make sure you affiliate with the Cascade Chapter:

 http://www.auvsi.org/membershipandchapters/join 

If you're a COMPANY considering joining AUVSI, please let a Cascade Chapter Board Member know so we can set up a call with the national representatives to facilitate the process at your convenience.  By doing so, if your organization joins AUVSI, the Cascade Chapter will receive a chapter rebate which will help sustain our chapter initiatives here in the Northwest, especially our highly acclaimed STEM initiatives that support students of all levels in their unmanned systems and robotics learning activities and competitions.  To get started, simply email Chapter President Tom Hagen at tom.hagen375@gmail.com for more information.

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About Cascade Chapter

Our AUVSI Cascade Chapter is one of 39 chapters of AUVSI worldwide and represents the states of Oregon and Washington with a growing membership of over 400 companies and individuals.  Established in 2009, the Cascade Chapter has grown rapidly while serving our members through our triad of advocacy, community and education endeavors.  First, our advocacy consists of efforts to drive positive regulatory changes at the local, state, regional and national levels that will best serve development of the unmanned systems and robotics industry.  Our Board of Directors  and members engage with government officials to inform and counsel them about the impacts of local ordnances as well as state and federal legislation.  Our directors are often called upon to support regional conferences and panels as authoritative voices on the state and needs of the industry.  As the second part of the triad, our community approach is clearly evident in our chapter’s focused events designed to help create connections and business opportunities for our members, enabling them to network with regional leaders and professionals in business, government and academia working in this exciting industry.  Finally and importantly, our chapter has prioritized education initiatives to include providing members with news of critical industry regulatory actions, publishing timely updates on the latest advancements in technology, and supporting STEM initiatives with chapter grants ranging from elementary education to graduate research.  Our industry-leading chapter initiatives have distinguished us as a two-time “AUVSI Chapter of the Year” – a testimonial to our clear focus on representing our membership in the Northwest.

The Cascade Chapter hosts two major events each year, one in Oregon in the Fall, and another in the Puget Sound region of Washington in the Spring.  Additional networking events or co-hosted events round out our calendar of opportunities for our members to participate with an ever-increasing population of industry followers.