Drone experts to visit Winter Park on Sept. 23 | SkyHiNews.com

Drone experts to visit Winter Park on Sept. 23

The University of Colorado Boulder will host a luncheon from 11:30 a.m.to 1 p.m. on Friday, September 23 at Adolfs Event Center & Tavern in Winter Park. The topic of discussion will be unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, and will be hosted by Senator Randy Baumgardner and local elected officials and business leaders in the area. There will be a catered lunch and a one-hour program focused on the applicability of drones in the Winter Park area.

The program will include an overview of the CU Boulder AeroSpace Ventures initiative, which brings together CU Boulder researchers and students from across 11 academic units to collaborate with industry leaders and government partners on education, research, and outreach. In addition, Eric Frew, Director for CU Boulder’s Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles will share insights on the state of the drone industry, current technology, and the regulatory environment. Frew will also discuss current research projects applicable to the Winter Park community, including search & rescue, agriculture, tourism and nature conservation. A drone demonstration will provide an exciting conclusion to this event. The event is free and open to the public.

“The aerospace sector in Colorado is strong, with the state leading the nation in private sector aerospace employment per capita and second overall,” said CU Boulder’s AeroSpace Ventures director Abby Benson. “CU Boulder is proud to contribute to the state’s aerospace ecosystem, from training the next generation workforce to sending missions to Mars to using unmanned aerial systems to help optimize agricultural systems.”

Drones have been a controversial issue, especially at ski resorts. Many ski resorts adopt their own policies on unmanned aircrafts as the popularity of drones began to ride.

According to Winter Park Resort, they prohibit the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by commercial and recreational users and hobbyists, without prior written authorization from Winter Park Resort representatives.

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