Miami-Dade County Takes Action to Expand in UAS Sector

Florida’s Miami-Dade Beacon Council recently launched a new unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) working group within its aviation committee.

The group was created to develop strategies on how Miami-Dade County can capitalize on the increasing interest in the technology.

The Miami-Dade Beacon Council is the county’s official economic development partnership. The council, charged with further developing and expanding Miami’s aviation and aeronautics industry, believes drones create a new opportunity for the county.

“Commercial interest in unmanned aircraft systems is accelerating rapidly,” says Alex De Gunten, chair of the council’s aviation committee. “Miami-Dade County is uniquely qualified to serve as a year-round hub of drone innovation, as well as the UAS gateway into Latin America.”

As part of the new UAS initiative, the council will be hosting a mini seminar for local business leaders on Thursday, June 15. “Miami and Commercial Drones” will feature a current summary of how the technology is reshaping several key industries, such as agriculture, real estate, construction and public safety. The seminar will also feature a presentation by Amanda Quevedo, aviation safety technician with the South Florida Flight Standards District Office, who will discuss the Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 107 regulations.


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