Close to 16,000 visitors attended the annual Innovations in Flight Day on June 15, 2019, a STEM outreach family event held at the Udvar-Hazy Center, National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, Virginia. Over 50 historical and modern aircraft, including the V-22 Osprey, were on display. A F-35B flew in for this special day.

The University of Maryland's FIRE (First Year Innovation and Research Experience) Program's UAS team supported the VFS booth with two drone demonstrations: a flight simulator laptop demo, and a tethered quadcopter stand. Students used a simple directional controller to "fly" the quadcopter, which was tethered on a stand built with components fabricated with 3D printing technology. The audience also learned about the academic programs and careers available in the vertical flight industry.


NASM Innovations 2019 drone pilot and his children