Martin to discuss drones at WACO

TROY — On Thursday, Oct. 15, the WACO Historical Society will host Jim Martin as part of the WACO Aviation Lecture Series. Jim’s experiences and training qualify him to address many of the questions one may have regarding the usage of “drones.” He will speak at 7 p.m. in the Willis Wing at WACO Field. Door will open at 6:30 p.m.

Jim Martin is a private pilot and the associate vice president for the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) that is based in Muncie, Ind. He covers Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia assisting other modelers with questions or issues that they may have about the AMA or the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration). He is an active participant in flying scale aircraft in competitions. Trained as both a static/flight judge and an inspector for large scale model aircraft (models that weigh more than 55 pounds up to 125 pounds), Jim stays busy with the AMA organization.

He has been an Avionics Tech for the Ohio Aviation and Stevens Aviation Companies, Executive Jet Management (EJM) at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, and an Avionics Inspector for the FAA at the Cincinnati FSDO, assigned to Emery Air Freight. He was transferred to the General Aviation (GA) unit when Emery went out of business. He currently works as the principal avionics inspector for PSA Airlines.

In 2010, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) started to become a hot topic with the FAA. Because of many years of involvement with model aircraft, Jim was selected as an office maintenance contact person for all things UAS. He has attended many meetings and conferences dealing with UAS, and attends weekly telecons with AFS-84, the UAS office in Washington, D.C. The FAA is in the process of educating the public on the do’s and don’ts of UAS operations.

The lecture will cover the different types of programs for operating a small UAS in the National Airspace System (NAS). The differences between a “drone” and a model aircraft will be explained, as well as, what can and cannot legally be done with each type of aircraft. Jim will provide sources of information for additional questions about UAS operations.

This event is sponsored in part by Dayton Power and Lights.

This presentation is scheduled to last one hour. There is no charge for the event. Donations will be accepted to benefit WACO Historical Society. The WACO Air Museum is located at 1865 S. County Road 25-A, Troy.

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