Honeyford to host educational opportunity on unmanned aircraft

In an effort to bring attention to the positive, life-saving uses of unmanned aircraft in Washington, Sen. Jim Honeyford will sponsor an informational briefing Wednesday in the A/B/C conference room of the John A. Cherberg Building on the Capitol campus. The briefing will begin every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Legislators, legislative staff and members of the media are invited to attend.

Wednesday’s hands-on demonstrations will be led by Dr. Tad McGeer, founder of two industry-leading unmanned aircraft companies based in the Columbia River Gorge. Many other unmanned aircraftmanufacturing companies that provide hundreds of private-sector jobs in Washington will also be represented at the briefing. Attendees will be able to meet one-on-one with unmanned aircraft engineers and operators, watch onboard video from both daylight and night operations and inspect the aircraft and their launching equipment in person.

“I understand that people are worried about the potential for misuse with this technology and I’ll be introducing a bill next session along those lines, however also I know that these unmanned aircraft save lives by replacing the use of manned aircraft in a potentially life-threatening environment such as forest fires or search and rescue operations,” Honeyford said. “We need to inform legislators and the media about these unprecedented capabilities such as weather reconnaissance, coastal and border patrol, geological survey, and hazard monitoring.”

Date:

Wednesday, March 27
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location:

A/B/C conference room
John A. Cherberg Building
Olympia