Meet Multi-rotor Experts from AUVSI San Diego, Air Law institute, Innov8tive Designs, Unmanned Vehicle Solutions/CAL UAS, 3D Robotics, SD Wind Tunnel, IsisCopter, MultiRotor Systems, American Digital Services, SDSU Graduate Program in Homeland Security, San Diego Drone User Group and Go Professional Cases!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, from 10AM–4PM at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center;

Everyone who joins us for UAV Day at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center can enter to win a Parrot AR.Drone2.0, the one-of-a kind quadcopter developed by French company and featured in our new exhibition, On the Fly: Technology Takes Off. Meet our multi-rotor experts in the galleries all day Sunday, October 6, from 10AM-4PM—learn all about this new and ever-diversifying field of technology, and take home your own quadcopter! Stable and robust, the Parrot AR.Drone2.0 is controlled by Wi-Fi using a smartphone or a tablet, and equipped with embedded high-definition camera enabling video/photo recording and sharing.

In conjunction with On the Fly, the Fleet celebrates San Diego’s innovative UAV and multi-rotor community by hosting local organizations at UAV Day. They will display small multi-rotor aircraft, custom & commercial UAVs and autonomous RC planes and helicopters for hobbyists. Most will bring videos about their creations, their organizations and UAV technology and the myriad applications they are capable of. These local engineers, inventors, scientists, educators and hobbyists will all share their knowledge and the latest technology! Join in a workshop on unmanned technology, take a pilot lesson on a quad simulator, see how they function in an interactive mini wind tunnel. Many of the multi-rotors will be available for sale.

Among the offerings:
Lucien Miller will talk about the safe and ethical use of the technology. Lucien is CEO of Vista’s Innov8tive Designs, which distributes electric power systems for use in radio- controlled model aircraft, helicopters and small UAVs; and manufactures and distributes multi-rotor UAVs for commercial and recreational use. As COO of ROV Systems, Lucien is focused on developing a variety of commercial UAVs for operation in the National Airspace System. He holds a multi-engine commercial pilot’s license, with 30 years of flying experience, hosts “All Things That Fly,” a weekly podcast program for the radio-controlled modeling community; and recently started a website with positive reports of multi-rotor applications, He even created ghost and clown quads for Halloween merriment!

Dr. Eric Frost, who directs the SDSU Viz Center and co-directs the Homeland Security Master’s Program, was just in Mexico to train and work with local authorities for Hurricane Miguel disaster relief and re-establishing communications using UAVs. He will discuss the uses of this new technology in global disasters, man-made events, and positive uses of geospatial and temporal data. Frost and his colleagues use many new technologies and protocols enhanced for situational awareness for challenges including global disasters (earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, floods, tornados), man-made events, and positive uses of the same types of geospatial and temporal data. They work with sensor networks, wireless and optical communications, satellite connectivity, data fusion, visualization, and decision support for first responders and humanitarian groups, especially crossing the civilian-military boundary. They currently focus on the use of social media and near real-time mapping with open-source tools and web services. Their efforts to assist in these disaster responses has also morphed into working to increase Trade as a daily means of ensuring that relationships exist, networks are working, and countries are benefiting from collaboration.

Gus Calderon of IsisCopter will speak on UAS Operation in the National Airspace System, reviewing the current FAA regulations relating to the three categories of unmanned aircraft. With 18 years of experience as a commercial pilot, Gus will explain how the airspace regulations affect operators of unmanned aircraft, and review safe operational guidelines for recreational users of multi-rotors. He and his wife Maha Calderon will screen their documentary Civilian Drones – Search and Rescue, based on a Texas man doing search & rescue recovery work with multi-rotors in the desert for the past ten years. Gus runs a Charter Operation, has thousands of flight hours in turbine and high-performance aircraft and over a decade of experience in aerial photography; and has built and flown hundreds of remote-controlled aircraft since the 1970’s. IsisCopter is a small UAS manufacturer developing multirotor platforms and camera gimbals for aerial photography and cinematography.

Chance Roth of San Diego Drone User Group (SDDUG) will speak about the positive commercial uses and applications of the technology and about its popularity from the user group standpoint, as people build their own versions from open source parts. SDDUG will offer quad pilot lessons on a simulator and a workshop on DIY multi-rotors. Chance runs SDDUG and the DroneLab, the hobbyist end of the hugely popular technology; dedicated to learning and experimenting with multirotors, drones and autonomous vehicles on land, in the air or in the water. We educate, develop and display beginner to advanced rigs and experiments and we all learn and build together to promote the use of civilian drone technology for the benefit of humanity. They will show SDDUG videos, including some amazing footage of the USS Midway.

David Cain will speak on the history and development of unmanned aircraft and civil integration. David is a former Army tank officer, airline captain, and graduate of UCSD and California Western School of Law. David is President at Cadria Aerospace, works at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc, and also serves as Communication Director for the Air Law Institute at California Western School of Law. Since 2008, David has been involved in an Unmanned Aircraft NAS Integration Study, a regulatory study on the evolving integration of unmanned aircraft into the U.S. national and global airspace systems. He has a varied and interesting background and is an intriguing speaker. They are sponsoring Old Town Academy engineering scholarship kids, who plan to build a scale model of NASA’s Ikhana unmanned aircraft.

Craig Baldwin is a Flight Test Engineer for 3D Robotics, which provides fully-autonomous aircraft and open UAV platforms that deliver professional performance at amazingly affordable prices. From agriculture, search and rescue, wildlife management, mapping and video production to environmental science and medical and human rights applications, 3D Robotics has led the way by building systems that lower the barriers-to-entry for many complex data collection applications.

Wayne Brubaker & Ralph Chaney of American Digital Services will screen The Quest, a short promotional video shot for the Fleet—a hero’s journey to save the Princess, avoid the villain and earn his way onto the demo team for On the Fly—and discuss the challenges shooting in the galleries and giant dome theater!

Mike Morgan of MultiRotor Systems will display both sport flying and how to fly from a computer-controlled ground station. He will also bring along the stars of The Quest, as one of the pilots involved!

To date, the San Diego Wind Tunnel has tested several unmanned air vehicles (UAV’s) including the Global Hawk by Northrop Grumman Corporation and the Predator by General Atomics-ASI. Our involvement in the unmanned community continues to grow each day.

Unmanned Vehicle Solutions/CAL UAS (California Unmanned Aircraft Systems) is a front-runner in the FAA competition to select six UAV test sites in the US. It is America’s most storied aviation testing ground, and team members are pioneering bold new technologies such as sense & avoid and hybrid electric aircraft.

Beth Bulger of Go Professional Cases will display a variety of custom-designed professional cases designed for the protection, storage, transport & organization of remote controlled aircraft and equipment.

The Fleet would like to thank Monica England and AUVSI San Diego for their great assistance organizing this event.The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems Internationally better known as AUVSI is the only organization in the world solely dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics technology. San Diego is a center of excellence for unmanned systems and technology as we have the top two UAV manufacturers right here in San Diego. AUVSI and AUVSI San Diego are advocates in this ever-growing industry and support STEM education and research for the greater good.

On the Fly: Technology Takes Off made its debut at the Fleet on August 2, and will remain through the end of December 2013. UAV Day will take place on Sunday, October 6, from 10AM–4PM. The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is located at 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101. Gallery admission, which includes access to all eight exhibit galleries: Members free; Nonmembers: Adults $13, Seniors $12, Children $11. The Fleet’s hours are Monday–Thursday, 10AM–5PM; Friday–Sunday, 10AM–6PM. For more information, call (619) 238-1233 or visit our website at



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