Commercial Drones in Our Backyards?

Please join us for our Commercial Drones in Our Backyards event on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM in John M. Greene Hall, Smith College Campus.


Will drones darken our skies?  Are we subject to staying indoors if a drone flight is in our neighborhood? Will academics have space and opportunity to teach and conduct research with drones?

Learn how the latest FAA Rules for Unmanned Aircraft Could Impact the Pioneer Valley.  The event will include presentation and discussion, a Drone display (aka the drone petting zoo) , and a live Flight Demonstration or two.

Listen to a preview from the Bill Newman Show on WHMP (drone discussion begins at 20:40 to 32:10)

Presenters are:

  • Paul Voss, Associate Professor of Engineering, Smith College
  • Robert Newton, Professor of Geosciences, Smith College
  • Jon Caris, Director, Spatial Analysis Lab, Smith College

Download the Event Flyer: Drone_Event_March_4

Read the FAA NPRM rules for yourself and then, please add your comments before April 24th, 2015!

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