July 2, 2015 – Want to test your drone-flying skills? Then head on over to EAA’s Aviation Gateway Park at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Small Unmanned Aerospace System (sUAS) Challenge.
The sUAS Challenge, which will include both obstacle and speed courses for the unmanned flying vehicles commonly referred to as drones, is an exciting addition to Aviation Gateway Park as daily competitions will be held beginning Sunday, July 19 - the day before opening day - through Sunday, July 26.
“Aviation Gateway Park is already going to be one of the liveliest places to be during AirVenture 2015, and this sUAS Challenge will bring even more interest to the area that focuses on aviation fun, opportunities, and innovation,” said Dave Chaimson, EAA’s vice president of marketing and business development. “Our thanks go to Embry-Riddle for creating this competition as a way to draw more people into the possibilities of flight.”
The sUAS Challenge is open to participants ages 10 and up, with a maximum of 15 competitors each day registered on a first-come, first-served basis. Each day’s challenge will be held separately at the drone cage at Aviation Gateway Park, beginning with an afternoon operators’ meeting followed by competition from 3 to 5 p.m. There will be qualification flying followed by an elimination bracket for the final four competitors each day. (See complete sUAS Challenge rules.)
“This is a terrific, fun way to get people involved in hands-on flying and the whole new world of unmanned aerial vehicles, and we’re very excited to be involved with EAA to bring this challenge to Oshkosh,” said David Thirtyacre, Embry-Riddle Assistant Professor who is coordinating the contest.
Participants may register in advance by filling out this form and e-mailing Thirtyacre or during EAA AirVenture at the Embry-Riddle Experience exhibit in Aviation Gateway Park. Unmanned aircraft will be supplied for competitors courtesy of Hobbico and Horizon Hobby, LLC, including Blade 180QX HD or Dromida Ominus systems. Weather or other factors may cause alterations or cancellation of each day’s competition