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AFRL Showcasing 10 Technology Displays

(July 19, 2016) Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) wil lbe showcasing three unique units at the upcoming UAS Midwest Conference that will highlight.... read all

UAS Conference in Dayton Returns with an Industrial Focus

(March 14, 2016) The Ohio UAS Conference has a new name and new focus amid a rapidly changing industry for drones. The conference will take... read all

FAA Releases B4UFLY Smartphone App

(January 6, 2016) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta today announced the public release of the B4UFLY... read all

FAA Small Unmanned Aircraft Registration Begins

(December 21, 2015) It’s here! The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry is now live and... read all

FAA Issues Fact Sheet on State and Local UAS Laws

(December 17, 2015) The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) new fact sheet on state and local regulation of unmanned aircraft... read all

Ohio UAS Conference in Dayton Comes Amid Changing Climate

The Ohio UAS Conference returns to downtown Dayton next week amid a changing climate on how, and where, people can use drones. The... read all

Ohio UAS Conference in Dayton Comes Amid Changing Climate

The Ohio UAS Conference returns to downtown Dayton next week amid a changing climate on how, and where, people can use drones. The... read all

Unmanned Systems Academic Summit

The first annual Unmanned Systems Academic Summit is being co-hosted by The Ohio State University and the Sinclair Community College National... read all

Drones Battle Sharks to Keep Swimmers Safe from Attacks

(June 16, 2015) It's a whole new way to spot the ocean's scariest creatures -- a shark drone! Lifeguards at Seal Beach, just south of Los Angeles, are turning... read all

FAA Streamlines COAs for UAS Test Sites

(May 21, 2015) The Federal Aviation Administration has made it simpler for the six unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test sites to conduct research by... read all

Press Release – FAA-Industry Initiative Will Expand Small UAS Horizons

(May 6, 2015) WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced a partnership with... read all

Press Release – FAA’s B4UFLY App Will Help UAS Pilots Operate Safely and Legally

(May 6, 2015) WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today demonstrated a new smartphone... read all

FAA Summary Grants Speed UAS Exemptions

(April 9, 2015) The “summary grant” process the Federal Aviation Administration used last week to issue 30 Section 333 unmanned aircraft systems... read all

FAA Streamlines UAS COAs for Section 333

(March 24, 2015) The Federal Aviation Administration has established an interim policy to speed up airspace authorizations for certain commercial... read all

Press Release – DOT and FAA Propose New Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

(February 15, 2015) Regulations will facilitate integration of small UAS into U.S. aviation system. WASHINGTON – The Department of... read all

Did you know...

Kettering Aerial Torpedo "Bug"

Kettering BugThe world's first ever unmanned aerial vehicle was invented in Dayton, Ohio by the profound Charles F. Kettering in 1917 during his time with the Dayton-Wright Airplane Company. The Kettering Aerial Torpedo was later nicknamed the "Bug" used a four wheeled dolly, which was similar to what the Wright Brothers used to construct the Wright Flyer (also known as Flyer I) in 1903. To learn more, click here.

Watch a Kettering Bug Video here

AUVSI

AUVSIThe Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) was started in Dayton, Ohio in 1972 during the Vietnam War by a group of U.S. Air Force officers and contractors. Originally named the National Association of Remotely Piloted Vehicles (NARPV), the organization led efforts to leverage opportunities in the unmanned system technology industry. By 1974, the first national symposium was held in Ohio by the Wright Kettering Chapter. In 1978, after understanding the depth of the unmanned industry, the organization renamed itself as the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).

Today, AUVSI serves as an international nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the technology of unmanned vehicles. Through a variety of activities and services offered to its over 7,000 members, AUVSI is proudly celebrating its 40th anniversary and supporting the UAS Midwest.

Wright Brothers

Wright BrothersOrville & Wilber Wright, known as the famous Wright Brothers, are credited for inventing the world’s first ever airplane in Dayton, Ohio. It was after the launch and demise of two prior businesses, a printing business started in 1889 and a cycle shop, known as the Wright Cycle Company in 1892, the Wright Brothers invented the Wright Flyer (also known as Flyer I) in 1903. Using a homemade wind tunnel at their cycle shop, the brothers designed the Wright Flyer after numerous experimental test flights at Huffman Prairie.

Click here to read more about Wilbur Wright and Orville Wright.