February 2018 Chapter News



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AUVSI Cascade and Big Bend Community College to Co-host

"Drones and Droids:  Unmanned Systems at Work"

Moses Lake, April 11 - 12, 2018


Drones and Droids: Unmanned Systems at Work" will take place April 11-12 at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, WA.  Co-hosted by AUVSI and Big Bend Community College, this symposium will feature experts from around the Northwest discussing the latest in legislation, regulations and innovations in the unmanned systems realm.  

Here's a quick look at our current speaker lineup for our April event:


•   Paul Peterson, CEO Volta Companies

•   Louis Churchville, Kerr Avionics

•   Ben Bloss, Kongsberg Underwater Technologies

•   Mary Kaye Bredeson, Executive Director, CoE Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing

•   Steve Luxion, Deputy Director, ASSURE FAA UAS Center of Excellence

•   William Gerry, The Boeing Company/Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC)

•   Washington State Sen. Jim Honeyford

•   Washington State Rep. Tom Dent

•   Oregon State Rep. Rich Vial

•   Rob Hodgman, Washington DOT (Aviation)

•   Mitch Swecker, Director, Oregon Department of Aviation

•   Jason Schwartz, Sr. Noise Analyst/Consultant, Port of Portland

•   Byron Will-Noel, Unmanned Systems Coordinator, Big Bend Community College

•   Dr. Patrick Ford, Unmanned Systems Director, Big Bend Community College

•   Gary Baker, Mechatronics/Engineering Specialist, Big Bend Community College

•   Prof David Thirtyacre, Chair, Dept of Flight, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

•   …and more!


Impressive already, we're continuing to refine our agenda and add value to your symposium experience at Moses Lake.  We'll have ample networking opportunities for those all-important B2B, B2G, and discussions with the academia community both locally and across the Northwest. Additionally, in addition to the latest from the regulatory activities, we'll offer attendees live flying experiences under instructor guidance in the Enclosed UAS Lab at BBCC.  And we're working on tours to local companies to help round out our agenda for you.


Sign up before March 29th and save $50 with our special Early Bird Registration Rates!  Don't delay - make your plans now to attend the AUVSI Cascade/Big Bend Community College:  Drones and Droids: Unmanned Systems at Work April 11th and 12th in Moss Lake!










AUVSI Cascade Networking Events


The Cascade Chapter is pleased to announce we've nailed down the first of our coming networking events.  Thanks to the generosity of Custom Interface, we're having a networking event March 15th - yes, the infamous "Ides of March" -  at Custom Interface corporate headquarters in Bingen, WA.  The networking event will be 4:00 - 6:00 pm and feature appetizers and libations as well as an introduction to Custom Interface and an update on unmanned systems activities and events around the Pacific Northwest.  We'll announce registration in the coming weeks for that event and a couple more we've been planning in advance of our main event in Moses Lake.   
Register for March 15th networking event


We're always about getting our membership to know your company better and if your company would like to host one of our networking events and strut your corporate stuff, please contact AUVSI Cascade's Executive Director, Lori Brown, at loriabrown1@comcast.net for further details.


XPONENTIAL is the spot where the defense, public safety and commercial industries converge to exchange ideas, discuss challenges and benefit from shared experiences and lessons learned. Join 8,500+ professionals at the largest event for drones, robotics and unmanned systems in the world. Explore more than 370,000 square feet of innovation in the XPO Hall and come together with thought leaders and peers from across the spectrum to exchange ideas, discuss challenges, learn about new applications-and to see beyond your industry, into the unmanned systems economy of tomorrow.


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Your Ideas Welcome!  


Have an idea for a presenter or topic for one of our AUVSI Cascade events?  We welcome your input - please let us know!



AUVSI Webinars:  

Learn About the Unmanned Systems and Robotics Industry


Want to learn more about unmanned systems or keep up with the latest news?  Check out the AUVSI Webinars at AUVSI Webinars.  They're free for members - just another benefit of your AUVSI membership!


Next up:  "Regulatory and Stakeholder Perspectives on the Future of UAS" on February 21st.