FAA releases Drone Regulations

Earlier today, the Federal Aviation Administration released the first operational rules and regulations for the use of UAV/UAS in the U.S.  The new rules will add stability to the industry and, according to the FAA’s press release, could create over 100,00 jobs and more than $82 billion dollars in revenue for the economy. In the next ten years.  The regulation covers safety rules for drones weighing less than 55 lbs, especially those that are involved with firefighting, agricultural and industry observation, and numerous other commercial, safety, and security uses.


To read the full press release and to review the rules for day and nighttime flying, airspace and altitude restrictions, and qualifications, visit the FAA’s website below:

FAA Press Release
FAA NEWS: Summary of Small Unmanned Aircraft Rule (Part 107)

The First Annual Bridger Cup is in the Books!

The first annual Bridger Cup Drone Competition last year brought enthusiasts and industry representatives together to compete in no-holds-barred races to show the hundreds of ways unmanned aerial vehicle technology can serve the public. The chief sponsor of the competition, Bridger Aerospace, hoped to put the public service aspects of drones in front of those unfamiliar with the wide range of drone capabilities.  The CEO of Ascent Vision, Tim Sheehy, stated the ultimate goal of the competition: "People have preconceived notions (of drones), but when they start working with them, those start getting broken down.  And that's definitely starting to happen."

The Bridger Cup Drone Competition garnered a great deal of local media attention:

KBZK Bozeman and Southwest Montana
ABC Fox Montana 
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
KRTV, Great Falls and North Central Montana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Bridger Cup Drone Competition

August 10, 2015

Announcing the first annual Bridger Cup, a drone competition, exhibition and celebration to be held September 18th and 19th in beautiful Bozeman, Montana.  Ascent Vision Technologies and the City of Bozeman are proud to host an event that will captivate and entertain anyone who is interested in or curious about “drones”, the technological marvels that are in the news and in the skies throughout the world !

The inaugural Bridger Cup is an event which will showcase the latest in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or “drones”, with a unique series of competitions, demonstrations, and exhibitions of numerous types of drones performing various tasks in a fun and educational setting. Drone manufacturers and retailers will be present to discuss, display, and provide an opportunity to fly and even purchase these remarkable new aircraft.  Pilots, future pilots, and spectators will all enjoy the wonderful forum of drone excitement that will be The Bridger Cup.

The primary goal of The Bridger Cup event is to raise awareness of the beneficial and productive applications of drone technology as promising tools to be embraced and welcomed by all members of the public. The ability to safely and precisely operate in the skies while acquiring vital high definition visual imagery and other digital information opens up countless valuable and innovative ways to improve productivity, safety, economy, and quality of life for society at large. Experts will be on hand to discuss the many wonderful ways in which drones seem destined to shape our future. 

The centerpiece of The Bridger Cup is the drone competition and demonstration from 10:00 am and 4:00 pm on September 19, 2015 at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds, located at 311 W. West Main, Bozeman, Montana, USA, at the Baseball Field and Stadium facility. There will be competitions involving speed, maneuverability, lifting capacity, and more, which will test the skills of the pilots and the capabilities of their aircraft. Also scheduled are demonstrations of new drones, as well as applications of drones for specific tasks such as cinematography, search and rescue, fire-fighting, agricultural productivity, and resource conservation. Attendees will also have the opportunity to try their hand at actually test-flying drones and learning about drones from experienced pilots and trainers who will be there to explain and assist.

The Bridger Cup Drone Film Festival is another exciting phase of the event. The incomparable views and unique perspectives provided by drone photographers and film makers thrill observers. The organizers of the Bridger Cup are supporters of these creative artists, establishing a short film competition held by Audience Awards and sponsored by the Montana Film Office and Kalispell-based film maker Birds Eye of Big Sky. The competition will feature two-minute films from around the world and will show case the abilities of movie makers to use drones in their craft. Generous prizes including cash and a new quadcopter drone will be awarded to the winning entries. All are invited to enter this contest, with details to be discovered at www.theaudienceawards.com

The Bridger Cup is designed to appeal to a wide range of drone enthusiasts and spectators. Manufacturers, retailers, and other commercial enterprises will be showing off their products, holding demonstrations, and discussing their products and innovations. Drone experts and trainers will be on hand to teach basic skills and share their knowledge. Pilots and racers will compete, excite, and impress attendees with their skills and their aircraft’s capabilities through a fun slate of events including obstacle courses, lifting ability and accuracy, first-person-view racing, and other events. Top competitors will be awarded various prizes, including cash and merchandise.  Informational workshops and speeches of importance will occur during the two day event. Other sponsors will also be present to represent themselves, their products and their services, which may also be of great interest to attendees.

The festivities will conclude late Saturday afternoon with the presentation of the first annual Bridger Cup to the overall winner, a handsome trophy that will be accompanied by a $500 check and recognition as the first winner of the Bridger Cup.

Please join us at the Bridger Cup in beautiful, business-friendly Bozeman, Montana, for an exciting, fun, and educational introduction to the world of drones!

Website: www.BridgerCup.com


First Person View Short Track Race at the Bridger Cup

Race your Drone at the Bridger Cup, September 19, 2015

Have you been building a drone designed for speed and agility? Can you help educate the public about the benefits of drone technology? On September 19, 2015, you have a chance to show the world your UAV at the Bridger Cup! The First Person View (FPV) Drone race details are up on the Bridger Cup Web site! Race your creation around a short or long track complete with obstacles to show off your innovations.  The Cup will be held at Gallatin Fairgrounds in Bozeman, Montana, home of one of the burgeoning centers of UAS and UAV technology.

The Bridger Cup is a drone competition where enthusiasts, manufacturers, and anyone with a claim to be made will be put to the test in a series of tasks where only the fastest, strongest, and toughest will survive. The competition will educate the public on the civil, industrial, and recreational uses of UAV technology, so each competition is designed to showcase drone capabilities. By competing in the FPV race, you can show the world the speed and agility of your machine and how it can be useful in applications as diverse as search and rescue and crop surveying.

To learn more about the competition and the FPV race, and to register your UAV, visit www.bridgercup.com/compete!