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Early RSVP advised for those hearing speaker on drones
by Gary Kent
Aug 30, 2014 | 1012 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Those curious what the future of the drone program is in Beeville shouldn’t miss the upcoming Rotary meeting. This photo was taken as part of the program going on now in Corpus Christi.
Those curious what the future of the drone program is in Beeville shouldn’t miss the upcoming Rotary meeting. This photo was taken as part of the program going on now in Corpus Christi.
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BEEVILLE – Bee Development Authority Executive Director Joe B. Montez has encouraged anyone interested in learning more about the testing program of unmanned aircraft (drones) to attend the Wednesday luncheon of the Beeville Rotary Club on Sept. 17.

“The general public is invited,” Montez said. Speakers will be from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi. They will be accompanied by representatives of the BDA.

Montez said state elected officials and others have been invited to be at the important presentation.

University representatives are expected to provide information regarding the scope of the program and what the role of the Chase Field Industrial and Airport Complex will be in the study.

The program will involve how best to introduce unmanned aircraft throughout the United States into air space now occupied only by manned aircraft.

Montez expects the event to be well attended, and he is joining CofC members in urging anyone who plans to attend to RSVP as soon as possible.

The price of the luncheon at the Beeville Country Club is $13 apiece, and the club staff needs to have an idea how many will be attending.

Anyone who plans to be there should call either the Bee County Chamber of Commerce at 358-3267 or the Bee Development Authority at 358-2023.

Montez said previously that he expects activity to begin on the program at Chase Field right after the first of next year.

As yet, information concerning the number of jobs the program will create or which of the two hangars will be used by the staff involved in the testing program is not known. Montez said the university intends to lease one-half of either Hangar 24 or 25.

Chase Field was chosen to be part of the Corpus Christi-based testing program because of its hangar space, runways and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5220, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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