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.