Drones

Defense Industry
7:15 am
Thu April 17, 2014

As Defense Budget Shrinks, Local Contracting Not All Doom And Gloom

Employees of General Atomics Aeronautical, the manufacturer of Predator and Reaper drones, talk in the company's new Beavercreek office.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Thursday is the second day of meetings at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for small businesses in the defense industry. The event is part of an effort on the part of the Air Force to work more with small contractors; base officials say it helps them stay efficient as the government cuts defense budgets.

Those cuts have been bad news for local industry, which provides the Air Force with everything from computer systems to research to airplane parts—but not all contractors are feeling the same pain.

Large contractors cash in

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Drones
5:53 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Colleges Team Up On Drone Farming Program

 

Sinclair Community College has announced it’s teaming up with Southern State Community College to expand and collaborate on its unmanned aerial system program.

Unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as UAVs or drones, are expected to become a big commercial market in the next few years, and a lot of entrepreneurs have their eyes on Ohio’s farm fields. Sensor technology and cameras on the vehicles would let farmers scan huge areas more easily, looking for mold, pests or standing water, just for example.

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Under Construction
6:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Secrecy At The Dayton Development Coalition? WYSO's Lewis Wallace Talks To Lynn Hulsey

Jeff Hoagland, CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition, speaking at the coalition's 2014 annual event.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

This week on Under Construction we’re talking accountability: how are public funds for economic development spent and how are they tracked? Dayton Daily News investigative reporter Lynn Hulsey recently found the Dayton Development Coalition isn’t forthcoming with that information. The coalition, which is a nonprofit, funnels millions in government funds to local development projects.

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Around the Miami Valley
6:28 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Sinclair Pursues Drone Testing

Sinclair Community College
Credit Flickr Creative Commons User Sinclair Library

The state may have been passed over as a drone testing site, but a Sinclair community college is moving full speed ahead on the development, teaching and application of drone technology.

Sinclair announced Monday that its workforce development office has applied for two new certificates of authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly a new unmanned aerial system.

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Around the Miami Valley
2:56 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

After FAA Rejection, Dayton Business Leaders Look Inward, Move Forward

Two quadcopter drones take an indoor spin at SelectTech Geospatial in Springfield.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The Federal Aviation Administration handed down its decision earlier this week that the Dayton region was not selected as one of the six national test sites for commercial drones. The news comes after months of preparation from business and industry officials, as well as Ohio’s political leaders. But Chris Ford with the Dayton Development Coalition says it won’t change the game for the drone industry in the region.

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