Initiatives

Education

Working with local high schools we are getting a two-year capstone program for high school juniors and seniors that can then provide college credit towards continued studies in unmanned aviation.

Drone Flying Park

Thanks to the Town of Buena Vista, Colorado we are building the first of its kind drone flying park to promote pilot proficiency. Initially, the park affords pilots of all skill levels and interests ways to develop and enhance their skills. The park will have four zones when complete that support beginners, certification, professional development, racing and recreation.

Drone Corridor

Chaffee County has a unique geography and infrastructure in place that can be used to develop airspace and mission solutions for both small and large unmanned aerial systems.

Recreation/Racing

Drone Soccer, Freestyle Flying and Racing – oh my! As we continue to build out the Drone Flying Park, we will have space for outdoor sanctioned racing and indoor flying activities such as Drone Soccer and Whoop Wars! Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Membership

We welcome members from all backgrounds and interests in unmanned aviation. We offer reduced rates for students currently enrolled in school or college.

Fundraising

We are actively engaged in pursuing funding from a variety of sources, and has already successfully received contributions. We have already received a community grant of $1,000 from the Chaffee County Community Foundation, as well as use of the land for the Drone Flying Park from the Town of Buena Vista. In addition, we have several requests in process. Funds raised support the initiatives outlined above.

Speakers

Our monthly meetings feature thought leaders from every facet of unmanned aviation. Some of our speakers have included:

  • Zach Daugherty, Attorney with Anderson Law Group talking about Evolving Drone Law
  • Chris Robertson, Professor talking about the Drone Program at Colorado State University
  • Chris Burgess, Full Send FPV on Freestyle Flying and Drone Racing
  • Vic Moss, Drone Service Provider Alliance on impacts of changing rules and regulations
  • Member Rick Moen, about using drones to survey equipment damage after Hurricane Laura
  • Member and Realtor, Brett Mitchell about using drones to showcase large properties and enhance his listings
  • Member Becky Berry talking about building her first drone with a 3D printer
  • Jack Harlan, NOAA about using UAS to help calibrate radar buoys along coastal waters