SOURCE: The Aerodrome

The Aerodrome

December 12, 2015 12:30 ET

The Aerodrome Announces World's First Commercial Droneport and Teaching Facility

Permanent Boulder City, NV Location Is Fully Funded, Operational and Only Facility in the World Where Unmanned Has Priority Over Manned Systems

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 12, 2015) - INTERNATIONAL DRONE EXPO - The Aerodrome and its partner, the City of Boulder City, NV, announced today the world's first commercial droneport and teaching facility in Boulder City, NV. A droneport is a facility tailored specifically to Unmanned Air Systems (UAS). Unlike other planned droneport projects previously announced, The Aerodrome's Eldorado Droneport has already broken ground, is fully funded, permanent and currently operational. This history-making project by Aerodrome and the City of Boulder City has the full support and approval of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

"Unmanned air systems are inherently different from manned aircraft and require a whole new type of expertise in order to be executed safely," said Jonathan Daniels, president of The Aerodrome. "This historic development has far-reaching implications, and will bring with it new aviation business opportunities, jobs and a profound new reputation for the U.S. as the world's leader in Unmanned Air Systems."

"There are currently over 2,500 companies in the U.S. with FAA 333 exemption to fly commercial drones, and only one place in the world where they now take priority over manned aircraft. This droneport is the model for the rest of the country, if not the world."

The 50-acre Eldorado Droneport in Boulder City, NV is located approximately 28 miles from the Las Vegas Strip and is one of only six FAA-appointed UAS test sites in the country. Aerodrome is also environmentally conscious and will generate its own solar power to operate the massive facility.

"This is an exciting day for the City of Boulder City and the State of Nevada, to be the site of and partner with Aerodrome on the world's first commercial droneport," said Brok Armantrout, director, Community Development Department, City of Boulder City. "As one of only six FAA-approved UAS test sites in the country, we are more than prepared to meet the expectations that will come with being the world's first droneport, and we welcome those opportunities enthusiastically."

The Eldorado Droneport, which is open to the public but privately operated, offers training for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS); provides FAA repairman and pilot certification and testing; and offers a variety of other educational, research and development services. E-learning programs are currently taught from the Aerodrome campus in Henderson, NV as well as hosting satellite programs for participants not able to attend in person. The droneport can support civil entities with section 333s and special airworthiness certificates. It will also support hobby and recreational model aircraft flight, including specially-made drone racing courses.

The global commercial UAS market size is expected to reach $2.07 billion by 2022, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. (Aug. 2015).

ABOUT THE AERODROME
Aerodrome is the for-profit subsidiary of Base 11, a non-profit organization that provides funding, equipment, facilities and curriculum for hands-on STEM education and training. Aerodrome owns and operates teaching airports for commercial drone aircraft that are revolutionizing how individuals and organizations design, apply, fly and maintain unmanned aviation systems. It provides education and FAA certification for flying and maintenance, job/career placement, advisory services, outsourced aviation services and repair services.

Teaching facilities are located in Detroit, Michigan and Henderson, Nevada with instructors from leading industry experts with unrivaled experience in the field. Upon completion, students will be fully prepared to pursue a career in this rapidly expanding and exciting industry.

For more information, please visit www.flyaerodrome.com

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