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Bridging the gap between unmanned aircraft hype and hysteria

Unmanned AircraftWashington State has always been on the leading edge of the aerospace industry. We set the stage by building the large bombers that helped us win World War Two. Now we are designing and manufacturing some of the smallest aircraft to meet the demands of the future.

Washington-based aerospace companies will be on the Capitol Campus Wednesday, March 27, to demonstrate the latest unmanned aircraft technology. 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 aircraft-manufacturing 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 engineers and operators, watch onboard video from both daylight and night unmanned aircraft operations and inspect the aircraft and their launching equipment in person.

Click to read the full Olympia Report for March 26, 2013.

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.

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