The Aerodrome and its partner, the City of Boulder City, Nev., have announced what they say is the world’s first commercial droneport and teaching facility.
The Eldorado Droneport, open to the public but privately operated, offers training for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS); Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) repairman and pilot certification and testing; and a variety of other educational, research and development services.
Additionally, says The Aerodrome, the project has the full support and approval of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) by being a part of the FAA-appointed UAS test site in Nevada. The Aerodrome is the for-profit subsidiary of Base 11, a nonprofit organization that provides funding, equipment, facilities and curriculum for hands-on STEM education and training.
The Droneport is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in approximately three years. However, a five-acre parcel of the project is already operational: E-learning programs are currently taught from the Aerodrome campus in Henderson, as well as satellite programs for participants not able to attend in person.
The droneport can support civil entities with Section 333 exemptions and special airworthiness certificates, as well as hobby and recreational model aircraft operators, such as through its specially made drone racing courses.
The 50-acre Eldorado Droneport in Boulder City is located approximately 28 miles from the Las Vegas Strip. The Aerodrome notes that it will generate its own solar power to run the facility.
“Unmanned air systems are inherently different from manned aircraft and require a whole new type of expertise in order to be executed safely,” explains 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.”
Brok Armantrout, director of the community development department for Boulder City, adds, “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. 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.”