Here’s a great idea. The drone industry has been referred to often as the wild, wild west – and just as old time rodeos were designed to test the skills of cowboys, the Southeast Regional UAS RODEO will bring skilled pilots and novices together to compete and learn from each other. Everyone with a stake in drone missions is welcome to this inaugural event taking place October 9 -10 in Huntville, Alabama.“The Southeast Regional UAS RODEO will serve multiple objectives by combining camaraderie, skill set training, and critical information sharing into this fast-paced 2-day event,” says Chris Johnson, CTO of GEOHuntsville. “All of these things are vitally important for supporting the type of foundational initiative that our local first responders and emergency managers need to effectively integrate UAS into their workflows, and we are just thrilled and humbled to play a small role in aiding that effort.”
October 9-10, 2019 Public Safety Training Academy Huntsville, Alabama
The inaugural UAS RODEO will focus on building proficiency and skills needed for the UAS Mission. From skilled pilots to novices, non-pilots and decision makers, there will be something for everyone to include friendly competitions on Day 2 to award the best teams/pilots/programs. –All are encouraged to attend.UAS Information Sharing and Analysis Organization and GEOHuntsville are proud to present this first time ever event in an effort to make our communities more safe, secure, and sustainable!
Join us as we work together to build skills needed for Public Safety UAS Missions
How do you spell R-O-D-E-O ?
Well we spell it…
Ongoing (training for)
What does the RODEO do?
- Matches skills to the mission
- Helps define specific Public Safety UAS Mission Requirements and the skills needed for each.
- Network and team building opportunity for UAS pilots to expand UAS resources across our region.
- Industry opportunity to test and advance new technologies and capabilities
- Learn how to set up an agency flight training and proficiency program
- Serves as an education and outreach opportunity to those looking to build or enhance their UAS programs
Who Should Attend?
The inaugural UAS RODEO will focus on building proficiency and skills needed for the Public Safety UAS Mission. From skilled pilots to novices, non-pilots and decision makers, there will be something for everyone to include friendly competitions on Day 2 to award the best teams/pilots/programs. — All are encouraged to attend.
Don’t Have A Program Yet?
Come and learn from those who do. Personally View and see the capabilities of various airframes, talk to the pilots and learn what may or may not work for you! This event focuses on skill proficiency, team building, camaraderie, and information sharing for those looking to build and/or enhance their UAS programs and capabilities.
Do I need a Part 107 Certificate to attend?
You do not need a Part 107 Certificate to attend. However, you do need one to fly in this event.
What do I need to do to participate as a flyer?
You will need to register as “Part 107 Pilot – Flying”, provide proof of a current Part 107 certificate, aircraft must be registered IAW Part 107. Proof of insurance unless you are representing a government agency. Once you register, our RODEO officials will contact you directly to gather needed information and provide additional course and competition information
I’m a high time UAS pilot, what’s in it for me?
For the experienced UAS operators, the UAS RODEO will focus on testing your flight skills in a competitive way with other public safety operators. Courses are customized toward public safety scenarios and judged on time, accuracy, or both. Under real world conditions, there are situations when time is critical, however obtaining complete and accurate information can be just as important.
In addition to testing or improving your flight skills, you will be able to recreate these scenarios back at your agency where you can continue improving your skills for next year’s rodeo.
Just the Facts:
According to a 2017 report by Freedonia Group, drone spending by county and municipal governments will reach $80 million by 2025 — mostly for police, fire, and rescue agencies. Drone use by emergency services is up 82% this year already!
The ability “to accomplish traditional land management missions in 1/7th the time and 1/10th the cost with drones is among the most notable of [the department’s] many successes.” – U.S. Department of the Interior’s Mark Bathrick, Director of the Office of Aviation Services (OAS).
“We think drones can help first responders act more effectively on the scene by capturing aerial information during natural disasters and accidents.” — Sergeant Kelly Roberts of the Hartselle Police Department
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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