Outstanding Lineup for Workshop

The UAS Integration Workshop on April 29th has an outstanding number of speakers!  Here’s the line-up as we know it now!

photo of Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort for UAS Integration Workshop

UAS Enforcement Panel

Justin Barkowski- Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Director of Regulatory Affairs, FAA Drone Advisory Subcommittee member with expertise in drone enforcement and general aviation policy.


Michael Bumberger- Federal Aviation Administration, Special Agent, National Security Programs and Incident Response, Law Enforcement Assistance Program.

Eric Moore- Fountain Police Department, Rapid Response Team member, traffic unit, and drone operator.

Stephen Meer- Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, UAS Program Manager, supports SWAT, EOD and Task Force operations.

Douglas Spotted Eagle- Sundance Media/Westwind Unmanned, National leader in drone operations, policy, and procedures including public service.

Airport Operation Panel:

Justin Towles- American Association of Airport Executives Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, RTCA Drone Advisory Subcommittee member.

Pamela Cohn- McKinsey & Company Engagement Manager, UAS integration concept and application leader

Vic Moss- Moss Photography, UAS Advocate and national leader in drone operations and airspace access research, also the Co-Owner of Drone U.

Eric McSwan- Lamar Flight Service FBO Owner/Operator, private pilot and A&P IA. Former A&P IA at the United States Air Force Academy and Helicopter Crew Chief for Army National Guard.

Travis Vallin- Jviation Principal, former Colorado Aeronautics Director, worked with many diverse constituency groups to reach consensus on aviation issues impacting Colorado.

First Responder Panel

Clayton Horney- Colorado National Guard Helicopter Instructor Pilot and State Lead Planner for operations including wildfire, search & rescue, and emergency operations.


Brandon Gonzales- Mountain Rescue Aspen, Expert Team Leader in high-angle mountainous rescue.

Jeff Hansen- Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Office of Emergency Management Director, leader in first-responder UAS integration.

Steven F. Schopper- Colorado Springs Fire Department, 42-year veteran of the Fire Service, Part 107 sUAS Pilot.  

Chris Burns- Apex Unmanned, Policy Director, law enforcement expert, helicopter pilot, and military officer.

Registration for the Workshop is at Eventbrite.

UAS Integration Workshop April 29, 2018

Chaffee County UAS Advisory Board LogoThe Chaffee County UAS Advisory Board is pleased to host this outstanding event at the Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort.  It is designed as a collaborative UAS integration workshop with legislators, local government, national integration representatives, manufacturers, and service providers.  In a sense, it is a kick-off event for the AUVSI Xponential Convention being held in Denver, Colorado from May 1 – 4, 2018.

The workshop is featuring nationally-recognized experts discussing the challenges of UAS integration into the National Airspace System, airport operations, law enforcement and first responders.
photo of Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort for UAS Integration Workshop
Workshop attendees will receive a complimentary Xponential Hall Pass on behalf of UAS Colorado.  AUVSI’s Xponential  Unmanned Conference is one of the largest in the world- and tickets normally start at $319.
AUVSI Xponential 2018 logo
Due to generous contributions by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, we are offering reduced prices for attendees at $40 for Public Safety / First Responders / government employees, and $60 for all other attendees.

Registration for the Workshop is at Eventbrite.  Click the logo below.  We hope to see you there!

Chaffee County is approved for 2 COAs with the FAA

Chaffee County has received approval for two Certificates of Authorization (COA)  by the FAA for unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations. The COA’s as they are referred to, represent two distinct sparsely populated areas of the County that are authorized for UAV research to be conducted by the County under strict guidelines with qualified personnel.

FLōT Systems, a local UAV company headed by proprietor, Chris Vallier are overseeing the operations and testing of three separate unmanned aerial vehicles that were approved by the FAA .   Two areas have been approved for conducting UAS flight operations in Chaffee County.


Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs are fast becoming the latest technological advancement and are being deployed or tested all over the world. Initial county UAV missions will focus on electric utility infrastructure which can be costly to inspect and maintain. The potential outcomes include an increase in utility safety and reliability while reducing customer costs. In addition to surveying electric utility lines which is referred to in the approval as aeronautical research engineering, the COA’s also allow for experimental operations for search and rescue, wildlife monitoring, agriculture support, and aeronautical research engineering.  For further information on opportunities for working with Chaffee County on developing commercial UAS applications contact the Chaffee County UAS Advisory Board.