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.

Download the Drone_Event_March_4 Flyer.


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 and plays till 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

Read the FAA Notice for Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) yourself and please submit your comments here by April 24th, 2015!

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