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Louisiana Pelican Chapter Formed!

It is with great pleasure that we announce the formation of the Lousiana Pelican Chapter of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). The Pelican Chapter will support and advocate for mobile robotic systems in the Air, Maritime, and Ground (AMG) domains within the business, government, and academic communities. Our robotics community stands on the cusp of a burgeoning industry that is clearly a disruptive and exciting technology that will bring enormous benefits to society. Moreover, our Pelican Chapter vision is to be a contributing partner of the AUVSI vanguard that provides assistance to our Robotics AMG community and to both advocate and provide leadership to help us all grow and prosper.

 

Louisiana is a growing AMG incubator, especially in the area of approved FAA 333 exemptions and soon working under the Small Unmanned Aircraft Regulations (Part 107), our current maritime domain operating ROVs, AUVs, USSs worldwide. We are thrilled to be a part of the AMG community here in Louisiana.

Announcements

Fourth Chapter Meeting

Thursday, April 20, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Lomax Hall Auditorium
Louisiana Tech University
Ruston, LA

(Google Maps link)

 

The fourth meeting of the AUVSI Louisiana Pelican Chapter is scheduled for Thursday, April 20, 2017. The location is the Lomax Hall auditorium on the Louisiana Tech University campus in Ruston. There will be a buffet dinner. The cost of the meeting dinner is $25/person (or $10/person for student members of AUVSI) - CASH ONLY. So the chapter can have an accurate head count, please RSVP at this link no later than 5 PM on Monday, April 17, 2017.

 

Agenda:

6:00 p.m. - 6:20 p.m.   Networking/Buffet Dinner

6:20 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.   Attendee and Business Introductions

6:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.   Presentation - "AUVSI Louisiana Pelican Chapter Update" - CDR George Rey

6:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.   Presentation - "LA Tech UAS R&D History and Capabilities" - Professor Wesley Palmer, Louisiana Tech University

7:15 p.m. - 7:55 p.m.   Guest Presentation - "Improving Efficiencies in Surveying, Mapping, and Engineering Applications with a UAS" - Brad Guinther, UAS Specialist/Designer, Hunt, Guillot & Associates, LLC

7:55 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.   Closing Remarks/Adjourn

 

Third Chapter Meeting

Thursday, January 19, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Navigation Electronics, Inc.
200 Toledo Drive
Lafayette, LA

 

The third meeting of the Louisiana Pelican Chapter is scheduled for Thursday, January 19, 2017. The location is Navigation Electronics, Inc. in Lafayette. Dinner will be catered by NEI and will include gumbo. The cost of the meeting dinner is $25/person (or $10/person for student members of AUVSI) - CASH ONLY. So the chapter can have an accurate head count, please RSVP to Chapter President R. George Rey or Chapter Secretary Jennifer Lee no later than 5 PM on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

 

Agenda:

6:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.   Networking

6:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.   Attendee, Business, and Executive Member Introductions (Self-Service Buffet)

6:30 p.m. - 6:55 p.m.   Presentation - "AUVSI Pelican Chapter Update" - CDR George Rey

6:55 p.m. - 7:25 p.m.   Guest Presentation - "NEI - History & Capabilities" - Kelli Guidry, NEI

7:25 p.m. - 7:55 p.m.   Guest Presentation - "UAS in the Film & TV Industry" - Dacoda Bartels, Aerobotics, LLC

7:55 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.   Closing Remarks/Adjourn

 

New FAA Safety Webinar

Aeronautical Decision Making and Risk Mangagement to Real-World sUAS Operations
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
7:00 PM

 

Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM) and Risk Management may be new concepts to commercial sUAS operators, but they are integral components to ensuring safety in the National Airspace System. This free webinar will guide sUAS operators though both concepts and then show how they can be applied using real-world scenarios. The future of Part 107 Regulations depends on continued safe sUAS operations in the National Airspace System. Learning and applying these two concepts to your commercial sUAS operation will pay huge dividends now and into the future.

Further details and registration information are available here.

 

Second Chapter Meeting - New Details!

Thursday, October 13, 2016
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Nicholls State University
906 East First Street
Thibodaux, LA

 
Carnival Room
Cotillion Ballroom

 

The next meeting of the Louisiana Pelican Chapter is scheduled for Thursday, October 13, 2016. The location is the Carnival Room in the Cotillion Ballroom on the Nicholls State campus (#17 on the map below). Dinner will be a self-service buffet catered by Nicholls State. The cost of the meeting dinner is $25/person (or $10/person for student members of AUVSI). So the chapter can have an accurate head count, please RSVP to Chapter President R. George Rey or Chapter Secretary Jennifer Lee no later than 5 PM on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

 

Agenda:

6:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.   Networking

6:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.   Attendee and Business Introductions (Self-Service Buffet)

6:30 p.m. - 6:55 p.m.   Presentation - Dr. Balaji Ramachandran

6:55 p.m. - 7:25 p.m.   Guest Presentation - "Drone Technology - The Survey Application" - Chad Netto, Chustz Surveying

7:25 p.m. - 7:55 p.m.   Guest Presentation - "The Baton Rouge Flood & the Drone Case" - Paul Charbonnet, Atmosphere Aerial

7:55 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.   Closing Remarks/Adjourn

8:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.   Tour - Nicholls State Geomatic Facilities

 

Nicholls State Campus Map

 

AUVSI's Hill Day

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Time: 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM EST
Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC

 

Please join us for AUVSI's Hill Day 2016 in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2016. Come help educate members of Congress and their staffs about the benefits of unmanned systems technology, how this market is contributing to the nation's economy, and the role legislation plays in helping advance our industry. All AUVSI members are invited to participate in Hill Day 2016 at no additional cost.

 

Our industry continues to grow exponentially and this event is a great opportunity to highlight the local effect of the unmanned systems and robotics industry among policy decision-makers. AUVSI's Hill Day 2016 will include several opportunities for members to make an impact, including:

  • Meetings with members of Congress and their staffs to discuss your business activities and the public policy needed to support the industry's growth.
  • A luncheon address by Congressmen Joe Heck (R-NV) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL) on the importance of our industry and an update on congressional actions in this space.
  • AUVSI's Science & Technology Fair, in collaboration with the House Unmanned Systems Caucus, will take place that evening from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM. This fair is a great opportunity for legislators and staff to see our industry's technologies up close.
  • Discounted Room Rates: AUVSI has secured a discounted room rate for AUVSI members at the Hyatt Place Washington, DC/National Mall. The link will enable you to book your room under our guaranteed rate for Sep. 26, 2016 – Sep. 28, 2016. This rate is available until the cut-off date of Aug. 26, 2016 or once the block of discounted rooms is filled. You may also call the reservations department at 1-888-421-1442 and ask for AUVSI or Group Code "G-AUVS."

 

You can find more information and register for AUVSI's Hill Day 2016 at this link.

 

First Chapter Meeting - Networking & Information Sharing Event

 

Thursday, July 7, 2016
6 PM to 8 PM

Alliance Safety Council
10099 N. Reiger Rd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

 

The AUVSI Louisiana Pelican Chapter officers would like to invite you to its first chapter event. This will be an opportunity for all current Louisiana AUVSI members to network and hear more about the newly-created Pelican Chapter. Attendees will also have the chance to showcase their interest in AUVs and how their businesses fit into the emerging AUV/AUS industry. By the end of the event, we hope you see the value to yourself and your company of joining the Pelican Chapter and connecting with other AUS businesses and enthusiasts across the state.

 

Agenda:

6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.   Networking

6:30 p.m. - 6:50 p.m.   Attendee and Business Introductions

6:50 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.   Pelican Chapter Background and Information

7:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.   Feedback from Event Attendees

7:45 p.m. - 7:55 p.m.   Closing Remarks, Affiliation Next Steps

7:55 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.   Adjourn

 

For those who would like to participate in the meeting but are unable to attend the meeting in Baton Rouge, video conferencing will be available.  You will receive a formal meeting invite next week to get a tally of who will be attending the meeting in Baton Rouge.  If you would prefer to attend via video conferencing, please email jmcgehee@alliancesafetycouncil.org.

 

Active AUVSI members are welcome to attend this chapter event. For inactive members, your membership will need to be reinstated prior to attending the chapter event and joining the chapter.

 

Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

 

We look forward to seeing all of you July 7th!

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