Aerodrome starts construction of droneport and teaching facility in Nevada, US

13 December 2015 (Last Updated December 13th, 2015 18:30)

Aerodrome, the for-profit subsidiary of non-profit organisation Base 11, has started construction of a commercial droneport and teaching facility in Boulder City, Nevada, US.

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Aerodrome, the for-profit subsidiary of non-profit organisation Base 11, has started construction of a commercial droneport and teaching facility in Boulder City, Nevada, US.

Being developed in partnership with the City of Boulder City, the 50-acre Eldorado droneport facility is designed specifically for the unmanned air systems (UAS) and is located approximately 28 miles from the Las Vegas strip.

Aerodrome will use solar power to operate the massive facility, which is claimed to be the only facility in the world where unmanned systems has priority over manned systems.

Approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the droneport facility offers UAS training as well as provides FAA repairman and pilot certification and testing. It will also offer a variety of other educational, research and development services.

"Unmanned air systems are inherently different from manned aircraft and require a whole new type of expertise in order to be executed safely."

Aerodrome president Jonathan Daniels said: "Unmanned air systems are inherently different from manned aircraft and require a whole new type of expertise in order to be executed safely.

"This historic development has far-reaching implications, and will bring with it new aviation business opportunities, jobs and a profound new reputation for the US as the world's leader in Unmanned Air Systems."

The fully-funded droneport facility is planned to be completed in approximately three years.

City of Boulder City community development department director Brok Armantrout said: "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."

According to a new study by Grand View Research, the market size of commercial UAS is estimated to reach $2.07bn by 2022 globally.


Image: Aerodrome plans to use solar power to operate the Eldorado Droneport facility in Nevada, US. Photo: courtesy of The Aerodrome.