eBiz - Registration is Open for Annual Spaceport America Drone Summit

Sep 26th, 2016

Registration is Open for Annual Spaceport America Drone
Summit in New Mexico November 11-13, 2016

Drone Racing, R/C Fixed Wing Aircraft and Cinematography Pilots, Spectators,
Speakers, Vendors and Sponsors Gather for Three Action-Packed Days of Racing,
Workshops, Demos, and the Aerial Cinematography Challenge at the Futurist
Spaceport America in New Mexico

PRNEWSWIRE – Spaceport America, NM – September 20, 2016 – Spaceport America, the
world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport located in southern New Mexico in the USA has
partnered with the New Mexico Filmmakers Give Back, the International Cinematographers Guild
and the AMA – Academy of Model Aeronautics to bring together drone enthusiasts from across the
USA and beyond to share in three action-packed days of racing, workshops, R/C fixed wing
airplane demos and an aerial cinematography contest inside the futuristic horizontal launch

The Spaceport America Drone Summit, November 11-13, 2016 features four main areas of
activity: FPV (First Person View) Drone Racing, R/C Fixed Wing Aircraft Demos, Drone
Workshops and an Aerial Cinematography Challenge. The horizontal launch area will be
converted into the “Gateway to Space Drone Village” for the duration of the summit, where
spectators and participants can enjoy an excellent view of the races and demos as well as live
music, and delicious food and beverages provided by local vendors. Vendors from the drone
industry will also be on hand with their latest offerings on display.

Registration is open now for pilots, workshop participants and spectators. All pilots must have
registered their drone with the FAA at https://registermyuas.faa.gov and be current members of the
AMA www.modelaircraft.org/joinama to race or fly at the summit. The AMA is the official
sanctioning body of the Spaceport America Drone Summit 2016.
“This is a first-of-its-kind of event at Spaceport America designed to bring drone enthusiasts from
the film industry, FPV racing circuit, drone manufacturing and regulating bodies together for an
amazing three days.” said Tammara Anderton, Vice President Business Development Spaceport
America. “We are very fortunate to have such enthusiastic and expert partners in the New Mexico
Filmmakers Give Back, the International Cinematographers Guild and the AMA – Academy of
Model Aeronautics.”

“NMFGB are honored to be a part of this great event and the NM Film Annual Film & Media Industry
Conference in Albuquerque that is being held in conjunction with it. New Mexico will truly be ‘Film
Central’ in November,” said Jon Hendry, Member of the Board, New Mexico Film Makers Give

“The international Cinematographers Guild is pleased to be a supporter of Spaceport America,
New Mexico Filmmakers Give Back and the AMA in Spaceport America’s first drone event,” says
ICG Business Representative Michael Chambliss. “Drones are a transformative technology with
broad commercial applications as well as being off-the-hook fun for hobbyists and racers. Our
expert members believe that it’s vitally important for everyone who flies drones, professional and
amateur alike, to attend events like this as part of learning how to fly safely and responsibly.”

The AMA has designed three exciting race types with thousands of dollars in prize money:
• 4-Cell FPV Drone Race
• Race-What-You-Brought FPV Drone Race
• 25-lap Team FPV Drone Race
R/C Fixed Wing Demos

Spaceport America’s two mile long spaceway will host the R/C Fixed Wing Airplane
Demonstrations, where experienced radio controlled airplane pilots will be flying and showcasing
their aircraft of all types. There will be scale aircraft replicas of WWI and WWII war birds, extreme
acrobatic airplanes and more. Some airplanes will have 8 to 10 foot wingspans! The
demonstrations are open to all participants and spectators and will begin on Saturday, November
12 from 10:00am until 5:00pm and again on Sunday, November 13 from 10:00am until 12:00pm.

Aerial Cinematography Challenge
The Aerial Cinematography Challenge is composed of three phases: Practice Day (optional on
Friday, November 11 from 9:00am until 5:00pm), Camera Day and Judgment Day. The contest will
take place on Saturday, November 12 from 9:00am until 5:00pm and is designed to resemble the
challenges and scenarios found on a live motion picture set. With specific targets and a storyboard
that the 'director' wants to see take life. The participant will help the director realize his/her vision. In
addition to capturing the shot, participants will be evaluated on safety, and how they conduct
themselves 'on-set'. The Aerial Cinematography Challenge will culminate with judging and an
awards party on Sunday, November 13.

Workshop sessions featuring the following speakers will be available on Friday and
Saturday from 9:15am until 5:15pm:
Colin Guinn, President, Hangar Technology, former CRO of 3D Robotics, former CEO of DJI NA
Topic: Drone Technology – from Hobbyist to Professional
Chad Budreau, AMA Government Relations Director
Topic: Know Before You Fly & The Future of Drones
Luke T. Davis, Co-founder of Flytcam Motion Pictures
Topic: Flying for Hollywood – Challenges and Opportunities
FAA’s Safety Team (FAASTeam)
Topic: Federal Aviation Regulations Part 107

Enjoy the sizzle reel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW2uYVquFDI
Check out the amazing - Gateway to Space Drone Village, speakers and schedule here:
Drone Race Tracks, Cinematographers Challenge and R/C Fixed Wing Demo info here: http://

Become a Sponsor or Vendor here: http://spaceportamericadronesummit.com/sponsors/
BOOK your tickets here: http://spaceportamericadronesummit.com/registration/
Travel and accommodation info here: http://spaceportamericadronesummit.com/
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About The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA)
The Academy of Model Aeronautics, founded in 1936, continues to be devoted to national airspace
safety. It serves as the nation’s collective voice for approximately 190,000 modelers in 2,400 clubs
in the United States and Puerto Rico. Headquartered in Muncie, Indiana, the AMA is a membership
organization representing those who fly model aircraft for recreation and educational purposes. For
more information, visit www.modelaircraft.org.

About New Mexico Filmmakers Give Back (NMFGB)
New Mexico Filmmakers Give Back (NMFGB) is a non-profit organization dedicated to
acknowledging the faith the citizens of New Mexico have in our state film programs - which provide
sustainable, long-term, well paying jobs and benefits for New Mexicans. NMFGB strives to give
back by supporting community building events and organizations throughout the state of New
Mexico. Visit https://www.facebook.com/NMFilmmakersGiveBack/ for more information.

About Spaceport America
Spaceport America is the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the world. The FAA-licensed
launch complex, situated on 18,000 acres adjacent to the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range in
southern New Mexico, boasts 6,000 square miles of restricted airspace, low population density, a
12,000-foot spaceway, and 340+ days of sunshine and low humidity. Some of the most respected
companies in the commercial space industry are customers at Spaceport America: Virgin Galactic,
SpaceX, UP Aerospace and EXOS. Visit spaceportamerica.com and gatewaytospace.com for more

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Spaceport America

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