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March 8, 2022  

Spotlight: Oklahoma UAS and AAM Ecosystem Reflection
By Craig Mahaney, Executive Director, UAS Cluster Initiative

When I took on the leadership role as Executive Director for the UAS Cluster Initiative (UASCI), the senior executive team at our parent company, Development Capital Networks (DCN), asked me to walk them through some of my key priorities during the first 90 days. My response was simple, "listen….and then listen some more." I have now spent the last six weeks visiting with and listening to some of the smartest and most "aerospace-informed" folks Oklahoma has to offer.

This summary reflection aims to let each idea I heard share its own truth and act as an informing mechanism for any future conversations and strategic planning sessions. The goal is to cross pollinate the many outlooks, hopes and aspirations of a broad representation of industry silos. Successful unmanned aviation ecosystem building is a massively complex and rewarding venture requiring engagement, collaboration and commitment from all interested parties. No one gets a free pass.

To read Craig's complete report, go to

In other news from UASCI:
UASCI has recently launched the nationwide UAS Angel Network which will connect accredited investors to emerging aviation technology opportunities. To find out more visit

If you are a UAS startup business that would like to pitch to the UAS Angel Network, you can apply under the ‘apply for funding' tab at

If you are an accredited investor and are interested in being a part of the UAS Angel Network, contact us under the ‘membership inquiry' tab at

We also provide free business mentoring and development consulting services to support UAS business development in Oklahoma.

Upcoming Industry Events
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) Field Test Industry Day hosted jointly by the FAA and NASA
March 14, 2022
YouTube Live Stream

UAS BVLOS (Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight) & AAM (Advanced Air Mobility) System Safety and Performance Conference
March 17, 2022
Leesberg, VA and online

TX Drone Workshop 2022
March 19-20, 2022
Lewisville, TX

"AERO Oklahoma" Aviation, Aerospace & Defense Awareness Day
March 30, 2022
State Capitol, Oklahoma City, OK

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma 2022 Emerging Aviation Technology Conference
April 4 - 5, 2022
Durant, OK

April 25-28, 2022
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL

Commercial UAV Expo
September 6-8, 2022
Caesars Forum, Las Vegas, NV

UAS Summit & Expo
October 4-5, 2022
Grand Forks, ND
Droneport Headlines
Draft Airport Engineering Briefs
FAA | 03/04/2022
This Engineering Brief (EB) provides interim guidance to airport owner operators and their support staff for the design of vertiports for vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) operations.

What Safety Features Should eVTOL Vertiports Include?
Flying | 03/03/2022
The FAA wants to know: What safety and design features should be required at U.S. vertiports servicing electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxis?  The agency essentially posed the question to airport owners and operators on Twitter on...

Guidehouse Insights Estimates Charging Facilities Revenue for the Electric Aircraft Market to Surpass $5 Billion by 2035
Cision PR Newswire | 02/22/2022
A new report from Guidehouse Insights examines the global market for airport and vertiport infrastructures required for electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and electric aircraft (EA). The report also analyzes market issues,...
Industry Headlines
Arkansas Stakes Claim to be Global Leader in Next Gen Transportation by 2030
Businesswire | 02/23/2022
Corporations, private investment, and government commitment stake claim in a trillion-dollar industry and strive to create The Jetsons-like paradise …and more

Nevada Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site transitioning to University
Nevada Today | 03/03/2022
University launches Nevada Autonomous to continue and strengthen Nevada's national leadership role in autonomous testing

Drone Delivery of Lab Specimens: Spright and Interpath Partner with Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center
dronelife | 02/23/2022
Spright and Interpath Laboratory Launch Medical Drone Delivery Pilot Service

Increase in Female Drone Pilots
Newswires | 03/01/2022
Women and Drones breaks down the latest Remote Pilot numbers released by the Federal Aviation Administration.

NASA Invites Collaboration to Define Future of Air Travel
sUAS News | 02/27/2022
We've long held dreams of what the future of air travel could look like. Something out of the Jetson's TV show or a Star Wars movie is generally the "go to" vision for most people: aircraft of all types and sizes – including those without pilots...

Law-Tech Connect™ Workshop to Launch at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2022
UAS Magazine | 02/24/2022
Colorado-based P3 Tech Consulting LLC announces the launch of its inaugural Law-Tech Connect™ Workshop, co-located with AUVSI XPONENTIAL '22, on Monday, April 25th at the Orange County Convention Center-West, Orlando, Florida.

Intelesence Develops Air Humidity & Temperature Sensors for Drone Weather Monitoring
Unmanned Systems Technology | 02/25/2022
Intelesence, a leading provider of technical services encompassing UAS (unmanned aerial systems), drone and aerospace design and systems engineering, has partnered with Unmanned Systems Technology ("UST") to demonstrate their expertise in this...

Archer CEOs discuss 2022 eVTOL air taxi development goals
Drone DJ | 02/28/2022
San Francisco-based electric takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle and air taxi company Archer Aviation finished last year with a bang. Now, its co-founders and -CEOs Brett Adcock and Adam Goldstein tell DroneDJ why they think 2022 will be even more...

Skyfire Public Safety Drone: the US-Made SF2
dronelife | 02/27/2022
Skyfire Announces SF2 Drone for Public Safety and Critical Sector Missions

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is Based on da Vinci Aerial Screw Design
Tech Briefs | 02/28/2022
In the fifteenth century, artist and engineer Leonardo da Vinci envisioned a craft that flew using a single helix-shaped propeller — the aerial screw — viewed by many as the first vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) machine ever designed. In 2020,...

NCDOT Launches National First with Tethered Drones on IMAP Trucks
sUAS News | 02/22/2022
Two N.C. Department of Transportation programs combined to be the first in the nation to launch an innovative technology pilot with their safety service patrol that should improve safety on North Carolina roadways.

UAV Propulsion System Market is projected to reach a Value of ~US$ 8.5 Bn by 2027; North America is expected to dominate the Industry
Digital Journal | 02/22/2022
Transparency Market Research delivers key insights on the global UAV propulsion system market. In terms of revenue, the global UAV propulsion system market is estimated to expand at a CAGR of ~13% during the forecast period, owing to numerous...

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