2021 Fall UAS Roundup a Resounding Success!

October 17 & 18, 2021 saw the return of our in-person UAS Roundup event, hosted by Central Colorado UAS and held at the wonderful Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort in Nathrop!

This event started with our first Demo Day at the Buena Vista Drone Training Park. This also ushered in the Park’s first sanctioned drone race by MultiGP hosted by Full Send FPV! Check out this video produced by member Vic Moss of Moss Photography.

There were about 60 folks that showed up during the day and we enjoyed demos from:

Full Send FPV drone racing
Wingtra VTOL fixed-wing mapping demonstration
Multicopter Warehouse mapping demonstration
Pix4D Data Processing demonstration
Chaffee County Search & Rescue – South trailer
Anemoment wind sensor demonstration
– Qualification Course demonstrations
Drone Geoscience mapping demonstration

In addition to the demonstrations, we were honored to receive a grant from the Salida Noon Rotary Club of $1,000 to help us build out a fleet for the community, and we presented a Tello Drone to the Boys & Girls Club of Chaffee County!

Photo of Boys & Girls drone grant

Monday the 18th saw a full agenda at the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort pavilion. We had about 65 in attendance and they heard from professionals from various aspects of the industry.

The meeting was kicked off with a State of the Aerospace Industry update from our signature sponsor Jay Lindell, Aerospace & Defense Industry Champion, Global Business Development, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

Jay Lindell

After Jay’s presentation, Zach Dougherty of Anderson Law Group provided moderator services for the first panel on Regulations. Panelists included Dawn Zoldi of P3 Tech Consulting, Mike Bumberger of the Federal Aviation Administration, and Vic Moss of the Drone Service Providers Alliance.

Following the panel discussion the folks enjoyed a morning break sponsored by Wingtra, then each of our vendors was given a few minutes to tell the group about their products and services.

Vendor partners for the 2021 Fall UAS Roundup

Rick Moen of Chaffee County Search & Rescue – North provided a fantastic keynote address focusing on lessons learned resulting in successful use of drones in a nighttime rescue from the Chalk Cliffs. He also showed videos and photos of his experience with hurricane damage assessments over the past couple of years.

The first afternoon panel was an incredible discussion about the prospects of Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations. Panelist Dave Ulane, Director of Colorado Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics division first provided an overview of their purpose. He was then joined by Christopher Robertson, Director of the Colorado State University Drone Center, and Jack Elston, CEO of Black Swift Technologies.

Prior to the final panel, CCUAS President Taylor Albrecht provided an overview of the organization and then he and Secretary Alan Simpson presented the first ever Above & Beyond award to founding member, Roundup Planning Team chair and CCUAS Treasurer Dennis Heap.

Following the award presentation, Taylor made a big announcement. Through the efforts of Honora Roberts and Zach Dougherty, CCUAS has been awarded a $50,000 matching grant from the Ray Foundation. The grant will be provided in two $25,000 increments as CCUAS achieves fundraising goals. Any donations to CCUAS, including the value of in-kind, may be included in the match. The funds may be used for any of our missions, particularly the development of the Drone Flying Park and our education initiatives. Taylor read a letter from Patti Arthur, board member of the Ray Foundation and strong supporter of CCUAS, announcing the grant.

Ray Foundation logo

The final panel addressed emerging technologies and included Liz Osborne, CEO of Anemoment, Trent Casi, Account Executive of Wingtra, and Chris Cressy, Managing Director – North America for Pix4D.

The event wrapped up with a short presentation by Vic Moss of the Drone Service Providers Alliance about drone usage at the Miami Surf Condominium collapse. He highlighted a great article that can be read here:

Miami Condo Disaster

We thank all of those who contributed to make this one of the best Roundups yet. Our special thanks and gratitude go to the planning committee that put in countless hours to pull this off. This includes Dennis Heap, Honora Roberts, Alan Simpson, Jay Lindell, Zach Dougherty, Vic Moss, Dawn Zoldi, Don Ireland and Jake Rishavy.

In addition we thank members who helped set up the drone flying park, work the CCUAS table at the event, take photos and videos and help create the all-around success of this Roundup.

We look forward to the next session that will take place in the fall of 2022 at the wonderful Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort.

More Information and Links

Video Playlist on Rumblehttps://rumble.com/c/c-1203271
Drone Flying Park Video
courtesy of Vic Moss
Demo Day @ 2021 Fall Roundup Video
Miami Condo Disasterbit.ly/30t9mx6
Drone Flying Park Map
courtesy of Pix4D
Drone Flying Park Map
3D Model of Colorado Booth
Xponential 2021
courtesy of Pix4D
3D Model of Colorado Booth
3D Modeling and Photogrammetry Info
courtesy of Pix4D
3D Modeling and Photogrammetry Info
SAR Free Pix4DReact LicenseSAR Free Pix4DReact License