Embry-Riddle Worldwide to host Small UAS Challenge at September National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada

Daytona Beach, Fla., July 22, 2014 – Enthusiasts of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) will have a chance to demonstrate their aircraft and skills during a Small UAS Challenge in Reno, Nevada, Sept. 12 to 14.

Sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide, the competition is free and open to private, academic and commercial participants. This indoor challenge will feature an obstacle course (emphasizing agility and maneuverability), dead lift (lifting ability) and time trial (speed over a closed course). Eligible aircraft, which can be no larger than 36 inches and 10 pounds, will require a vertical takeoff and landing.

There is no cost to participate, and participants will receive complimentary general admission tickets to the National Championship Air Races. The number of participants is limited, so early registration is recommended.

“We look forward to presenting this challenge with the University of Nevada – Reno during the September air races,” said David Thirtyacre, assistant professor of aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Worldwide. “As a leader in aviation and aerospace education, Embry-Riddle Worldwide recognizes the importance of the UAS industry in both the state of Nevada and throughout the country. The challenge is a great way to promote and recognize the emerging UAS industry.”

Embry-Riddle Worldwide has campuses in North Las Vegas and at Nellis Air Force Base and Naval Air Station Fallon. For more information about the Small UAS Challenge, contact Thirtyacre at thirtyad@erau.edu or (702) 994-0280. 

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