The Strategic Air & Space Museum Announces New Drone Club and Drone Education
SAC Museum Drone Club Open House October 10, 2015
(Sept. 14, 2015) ASHLAND, NE. – The Strategic Air & Space Museum is launching the only Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) chartered drone club in Nebraska and offers drone education for youth in its Aviation camps, scout workshops, and school field trips.
“Drones are part of an important emerging technology and a great interactive way to engage students in STEM concepts,” said Phil Onwiler, Education Director at the Strategic Air & Space Museum. The museum focuses on quality education programs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum and utilizes drones in lessons that pertain to forces of flight and career’s in aviation including, practical applications using drones. The museum also offers youth the opportunity to learn how to fly a drone and teaches safety regulations.
The museum is holding a grand opening event to launch the SAC Museum Drone Club on October 10, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. During this free event the museum will unveil the new drone outdoor obstacle course, provide an educational safety workshop and allow open fly time. The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about drones and is a free museum event, including free admission. SAC Museum Drone Club membership and open fly time at the grand opening event is restricted to AMA member attendees.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a list of guidelines for anyone using unmanned aircraft. Within these guidelines are restrictions on areas in which unmanned aircraft can be flown. For example, unmanned aircraft cannot be flown within five miles of an airport, near stadiums or people, and cannot be careless or reckless.
“The museum is setting up for the future of unmanned aerial flight,” said Dr. Michael McGinnis, Executive Director at the Strategic Air & Space Museum. According to a recent article from The Hill by Mario Trujillo and David McCabe, the House representatives are working on putting together mandated laws for all unmanned aerial vehicles. “In anticipation of the FAA suggested guidelines becoming laws the museum has become a chartered site for legal flight under AMA governance”.
Due to the FAA unmanned aerial flight restrictions hobbyists are seeking locations where they can fly safely and legally. The museum offers any drone enthusiasts, RC helicopter, or RC quadcopter an indoor and outdoor solution. The club is open to any AMA member and requires a $50 museum membership fee annually for the use of the indoor and outdoor flying sites.
The outdoor flying site includes wide open spaces and a 40,000 square foot dedicated obstacle course. It is open March-October on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The indoor obstacle course will be available from November-February in the museums Durham Restoration Hangar on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.