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An unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, in flight.

The public is invited to Mountain UAS’ meeting from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 6 at the Central Colorado Regional Airport Conference Room at 27960 County Road 319 in Buena Vista.

Stu Langrehr will share his experience serving as an emergency replacement for a drone pilot. Langrehr was tapped to fill in due to his background as an amateur photographer. He will share an account of his experience and the lessons he learned.

Drone Training Park Workday

At 9:00 a.m. Saturday, May 13, volunteers will prepare the park for the summer flying season. Breakfast burritos and donuts will be provided.

Tasks include painting safety cones and landing pads, trimming weeds, removing large rocks, and painting and arranging picnic tables.

The training park is located just west of Central Colorado Regional Airport. Tools will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own equipment. Email if you plan to attend or would like more information about the cleanup.

Who is Mountain West UAS?

Mountain West UAS (MWUAS), formerly Central Colorado UAS, states on its website they are a “nonprofit community of learners, educators, and advocates of unmanned aircraft systems in the western United States.” They promote the safe operation of drones or UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems).

Membership costs $65 per year. Joining earns access to monthly content in-person or online, networking opportunities, education to improve safety and awareness, and chances to engage and educate local communities.