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April 5, 2022  

Spotlight: UAS Angel Network
By Craig Mahaney, Executive Director, UAS Angel Network
Developing an idea into a prototype in the UAS and AAM technology space is both complex and expensive. We created the UAS Angel Network to help solve some of the early pre-seed capital challenges many of these companies face. Our goal is to provide a nationwide network of angel investors, seed funds and venture capital firms who understand the industry and are comfortable investing is this technology. The UAS Angel Network holds bi-monthly pitch sessions where start-ups can connect with interested investors ready and able to come along side them and provide the necessary capital needed for growth.

If you are a company seeking early stage funding please visit our website and apply for funding. If you are an accredited investor, angel fund or investment firm looking for opportunities in Unmanned Aerial Systems, Advanced Air Mobility, and their supporting technologies, than please contact the network's Executive Director (Craig Mahaney) at or visit the website to apply for membership. Our next pitch session will take place in May.

As a reminder:
UASCI provides free business mentoring and development consulting services to support UAS business development in Oklahoma. Find out more at:
Upcoming Industry Events
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma 2022 Emerging Aviation Technology Conference
April 4 - 5, 2022
Durant, OK

University of Oklahoma's Aviation and Aerospace Day
April 8, 2022
OU North Campus, Max Westheimer Airport, 1700 Lexington Ave, Norman, OK 73069

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
EASA Issues ‘World's First' Design Specs on eVTOL Vertiports
Flying | 03/28/2022
Europe is setting standards for electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, while the FAA appears to be lagging behind.

The Fate of the eVTOL Industry May Rest on Where They Can Land
Wall Street Journal | 03/23/2022
The companies developing electric vertical takeoff-and-landing vehicles all promise that their aircraft will drastically slash travel times by flying above traffic. But to fulfill that promise, their take-off and landing sites – or vertiports – will...
Industry Headlines
NASA Armstrong, Researcher and Vigilant Aerospace Win NASA's Commercial Invention of the Year Award
Vigilant Aerospace Systems | 04/01/2022
NASA has announced this week that the technology licensed to Vigilant Aerospace and used in the company's FlightHorizon detect-and-avoid and airspace management product has won NASA's Commercial Invention of the Year 2021 award.

Aerospace conference set
The Journal Record | 03/22/2022
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) has announced plans for an Emerging Aviation Technology Conference April 4-5 in Durant.

FedEx Plans to Test Autonomous Drone Cargo Delivery with Elroy Air
sUAS News | 03/31/2022
FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world's largest express transportation company, is teaming up with California Bay Area-based Elroy Air, the company building the first end-to-end autonomous vertical take-off and landing...

Flytrex Begins Food Delivery by Drone in Dallas Fort Worth
dronelife | 03/30/2022
Flytrex begins food delivery by drone in DFW area

Multi Modal Mobility Hubs and UAM: From the Floor of Amsterdam Drone Week
dronelife | 03/30/2022
This morning at Amsterdam Drone Week, a panel of top players in the urban air mobility (UAM) industry talked about multi modal hubs – how passenger eVTOLS can be integrated into existing modes of transportation.

Plant tour: Qarbon Aerospace, Milledgeville, Ga. and Red Oak, Texas
CompositesWorld | 03/28/2022
Veteran aerostructures Tier 1 transforms into 21st century leader in thermoplastic composites and multiple new markets.

Using Dual Thermal Imaging with Drones to Improve Flat Roof Inspections
Commercial UAV News | 03/24/2022
For years, roofing professionals have been forced to spend hours on hot and dirty surfaces to do initial inspections of large, flat commercial and industrial roofs. The process is time-consuming, expensive—and potentially dangerous. Using drones,...

Advanced Air Mobility Looks Ahead to Automation
NASA | 03/23/2022
Using software to handle tasks to assist people is not a new concept – look at our computers, cell phones or electric cars. Advanced Air Mobility, or AAM, aircraft intend to apply that same idea with new software algorithms and hardware such as...

NASA Workshop Defines Progress and Goals for Advanced Air Mobility Integration
Aviation Today | 03/23/2022
NASA's Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Ecosystem Working Groups (AEWG) hosted a virtual workshop this week featuring discussions on AAM integration. Starting in June, the AEWG will develop more formal roadmaps based on the priorities and sequencing...

Drones with AI: Incorporating Intuitive UAVs into the Workflow
Commercial UAV News | 03/22/2022
Drones are increasingly being incorporated into workflows to help gather high-quality data about assets. Over time, developers have needed to push drone technology to meet end users' demands for more intuitive and responsive flight, data collection,...

Electric Regional Air Mobility Discussion With NASA Report Lead Author Kevin Antcliff
CleanTechnico | 03/22/2022
Imagine you're a family of 4 heading to a ski resort in the region. You take an electric Uber to your local small airport. You're in the air in 15 minutes. You land near the resort and another electric Uber takes you to the hill. You fly quietly...

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