The third annual summit will take place in Mesa, AZ November 7-9. Join AUVSI, Aerospace Arizona, ASU ASURE , industry leaders, UAV manufacturers, payload providers, designers, and commercial operators at Arizona’s UAS event of the year. Listen to leading experts discuss the most important insights of today’s UAS world. Take a glimpse into UAS commercial realities and major economic opportunities in the most exciting growth space in North America.  Have access to the latest updates in policy and the most promising developments in the industry.

View additional information and the agenda at https://www.aerospacearizona.org/summit2018.

AUVSI Saguaro and Sierra Verde STEM Academy Team UP for First Drone Club
AUVSI Saguaro is partnering with Sierra Verde STEM Academy in Glendale, AZ to promote and encourage students to explore the UAS (drone) industry. Saguaro promotes community outreach and perparing scholars in the unmanned career fields. The club meets every Wednesday through the month of May. If you are interested in partnering, volunteering, and/or showcasing technologies, please feel free to contact us.
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Serve as Arizona’s forum for advancing unmanned systems and robotics by: promoting Arizona’s comparative advantages in aerospace and defense; connecting our members with  experts and thought-leaders from the technical, business, policy, and educational sectors; and advocating for the continued adoption of unmanned systems.

PresidentLorie Grabham   Vice-PresidentMoses Koyabe   Treasurer: Lexa Garret   Secretary: Mignonne Hollis

Connecting with you and providing timely and relevant information and updates is a goal that our Chapter has undertaken very ardently. A Facebook page is one of the several social media initiatives that you will see rolling out over the next few weeks.

We want to connect with you and your partners, to get to know new companies and institutions that are setting base in our state and enhancing our potential as a vital pillar to the growing UAS industry. Your anecdotes, thoughts, event announcements and concerns are all welcome.

I look forward to reading your articles on our page! https://www.facebook.com/AUVSIsaguaro/

Past Chapter Events

March 17-18, 2018- Luke Days
AUVSI Saguaro chapter participated in The Future of Airpower LUKE DAYS 2018 by engaging the community in showcasing STEAM CITY, a program with immersive learning opportunities for children and young adults of all ages.


January 16, 2018- Remote Pilot Council

AUVSI Saguaro Chapter participated in events for Aerospace Days 2018. Events took place at the Arizona Capitol and an Remote Pilot Council was held at Polsinelli. The panel included Tina Buskirk FAA Operations Program Manager and Ernest Copeland FAA Airworthiness Program Manager FAASTeam, Dr. Sarah Nilsson Attorney & Assistant Aviation Law Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, John Nunes UAS Market Development Gresco Technology Solutions and Tracy Lamb VP of Regulatory and Safety Affairs & Chief Pilot AUVSI.

November 6‐8, 2017 –Mesa, AZ UAS Summit & Expo

The 2nd Arizona UAS Summit & Expo organized by Aerospace Arizona Association in partnership with the AUVSI Saguaro Chapter, brought together experts, industry, academia, legislature and policy makers, military, first responders and disaster relief, regional business leaders and economic developers to highlight emerging trends shaping the unmanned aircraft systems industry on the international, national and regional levels. Aerospace Arizona Association Chair Mignonne Hollis and ADEC member Moses Koyabe teamed up to host a variety of dignitaries among whom were AZ Senator Bob Worsley, Chair of the Transportation Committee and AUVSI CEO Brian Wynne from Washington DC.

MAY 6, 2017- International Drone Day
Thanks to everyone who came out to join us for International Drone Day 2017 on Saturday, May 6 at Sierra Verde STEM Academy! We saw roughly 100 folks from the community come out and enjoy the weather and participate in some fun drone flying. My favorite quote was from a student who said "I had no idea drones were this much fun. I am going to definitely get one now!".  The City of Glendale, Mayor Weiers, came out and enjoyed in the fun along with a representative from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.  Mayor Weiers got the opportunity to fly a DJI Matrice 600, thanks to Innovative UAS. Many thanks to Sierra Verde STEM Academy, Moxie Girls, Mayor Weiers, Flite Factory, MCSO, Innovative UAS, LMP360 Media and RETHINK Real Estate!




AUVSI SAGUARO CHAPTER EVENT AT Flite Factory, Phoenix, February 9, 2017

The Chapter would like to thank Flite Factory, Dustin Pennington, for hosting the Saguaro Chapter meeting and all the attendees. It was an insightful event as Dustin spoke about the upcoming 2nd Annual Phoenix Cup FPV Drone Race February 2017 and the many things they are doing for the community, particularly raising up the next generation of drone technology enthusiasts.

AUVSI SAGUARO CHAPTER EVENT AT the Arizona UAS Summit & Expo November 7-9, 2016

The Chapter would like to thank UAS Magazine and the Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation and all speakers and attendees of the conference. We would also like to thank Sierra Verde STEM Academy and the Moxie Girls for representing girls in STEM and supporting girls in computer science. They had a special session with Alex Palmer of Local Motors who have inspired these Jr.High girls in autonomous vehicles.

Sierra Verde STEM Moxie Girls at UAS Summit

AUVSI SAGUARO CHAPTER EVENT AT University of Arizona Tech Park in Tucson May 17, 2016

The Chapter would like to thank all attendees that came to see keynote speakers Rural/Metro Fire Captain John Sims on the EMILY deployment to the Greek Island of Lesvos and Ms. Callie Groth from the new Brock Tek. 


AUVSI SAGUARO CHAPTER EVENT AT Burton Barr Library in Phoenix February 25, 2016 

The Chapter would like to thank all attendees and those that showed an interest but could not attend due primarily to the very short notice. Despite the low turn-out, the meeting was very entertaining and informative. The key note speaker, Adam Hawkins, President of Global External Relations is a  leading authority when it comes to merging government relations, public affairs and community outreach. A fixture in the public affairs, communications and lobbying community for over a decade, Adam's insight was especially useful to the attendees in understanding the intricacies and potential revolving around the use and deployment of unmanned systems.



AUVSI SAGUARO CHAPTER EVENT AT Polsinelli Law Firm December 10, 2015 

We would like to thanks those that attended our December chapter meeting hosted by Polsinelli Law Firm in Phoenix. A big thank you to our panelists;

  • John Minor, Provost, Unmanned Vehicle University
  • Michael Patterson, Polsinelli Law Firm



AUVSI SAGUARO CHAPTER EVENT AT Frutkin Law Firm October 15, 2015

We would like to thanks those that attended our October chapter meeting hosted by Frutkin Law Firm in Scottsdale. There was not an empty seat in the house.  A big thank you to our panelists;

  • James Arrowood, Sr. Counsel, Fruitkin Law Firm

  • Matthew Klyszeiko, Sr. Planner, Michael Baker International

  • Dan Garzala, President, Garzala Insurance Group

  • Mary Niemczyk, Chair, Arizona State University Aviation Programs

  • Andrew Miller, Town Attorney, Paradise Valley




We would like to thank all those who attended our last chapter meeting hosted by Kinetx.  The agenda at that meeting included  presentations from; 

  • Congresswoman Krysten Sinema (AZ-9) on HR2909;

  • Doug Trudeau on 333 exemptions for use in real estate; and

  • Frank Oliver and Dr. Dee Andrews for Thompson-Wimmer on the City of Mesa’s feasibility study for a Virtual Test and Training Range. 

It is our pleasure to be involved and share with our AUVSI Saguaro membership and our community at-large some of the pertinent UAS within the State of Arizona. 













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Saguaro Chapter appoints Matt Mintzmyer as RPC Leader

AUVSI Saguaro Chapter’s newly appointed Remote Pilot Council Leader, Matthew Mintzmyer, has undeniably dedicated himself to the fast evolving industry of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Mintzmyer, who is also the Associate Professor of Aviation at Yavapai College (YC), is a Navy Seals Veteran who spent 10 years in active duty and is now in the Reserves as a Scan Eagle drone pilot. Having spent much of his time in combat search and rescue in H60 helicopters, Mintzmyer then decided to achieve full certification in both helicopter and fixed-wing flight as both a pilot and an instructor. He now holds 14 Federal Aviation ratings. In 2014, Mintzmyer decided to expand his expertise by starting up the UAS program at Yavapai College. Mintzmyer is being sure to stay on top of the trend, paving the way for UAS expansion by not only developing and teaching the UAS program at YC, but also by dedicating a vast amount of time and energy into public speaking and volunteer work throughout Arizona and other Western States. The Saguaro Chapter is proud to welcome Mintzmyer to the team.


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    Women and Drones provide a platform for women to share best practices and their preferences for products and services.We feature the perspectives of women in the UAV industry and create a community for women to connect, engage, collaborate and learn. Recently, Lorie Grabham, President, Saguaro Chapter was featured in an interview. Her interview can be found:

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    Message from the President

    January 30, 2017

    Dear AUVSI Saguaro Members,

    Administrator Huerta stated at the White House Workshop that “…we’ve registered more than 500,000 hobbyists in eight months. To put that in perspective, we only have 320,000 registered manned aircraft- and it took us 100 years to get there” . The White House has committed to $35 million in new research funding for UAS over the next five years.

    Our organization in Arizona is stepping up to help our members navigate the complex path towards full and useful deployment of UAS. As we transition into our new office, I would like to reassure you that we will pursue the path that we have sucesfully traced over the past years. Your input is going to help us focus on areas that are of key interest to you. I am setting up new committees that will be focused on legislative issues. Working with our regional Economic Development Foundations, we want to draw and attract awareness to Arizona and what we can offer.

    We have been working to establish a charter that we will share with you and adhere to through the year. However, first and foremost we need your active involvement in the chapter activities as we suggest them. Membership enrollment and involvement is my key focus for this year and my team and I will be available to respond to any questions you may have.

    I look forward to talking to you at our first meeting this year.

    Lorie Grabham

    President – AUVSI, Saguaro Chapter




    Serve as Arizona’s forum for advancing unmanned systems and robotics by: promoting Arizona’s comparative advantages in aerospace and defense; connecting our members with  experts and thought-leaders from the technical, business, policy, and educational sectors; and advocating for the continued adoption of unmanned systems.