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10/17/2017: Information for Visiting World War II Aircraft at RDU Airport

Information for Visiting World War II Aircraft at RDU Airport

Posted 10/17/2017 11:23:41 AM

RALEIGH –  The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation and the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority are proud to host the Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour, giving people in the Triangle a one-of-a-kind chance to see living aviation history. The tour features four living WWII aircraft – a B-17 Flying Fortress, a Consolidated B-24 Liberator, a B-25 Mitchell bomber and a P-51 Mustang – as well as educational displays and activities from NCDOT, RDU International Airport, the USO, the N.C. Museum of History, the National D-Day Memorial, Civil Air Patrol, SAS’ Data on the Fly STEM project, Wings of Carolina, and more. This is a rare opportunity to visit, explore and learn more about these unique pieces of aviation history. Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out, with tickets costing $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Veterans of the Second World War will be admitted for free. General admission tickets are available only at the event, not online or by phone.  Visitors may also experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a 30-minute flight aboard these rare aircraft. The aircraft will be open to the public at the following times, with the reserved flights taking place before and after the public openings: Thursday, Oct. 19: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors should arrive at the airport via the Lumley Road entrance, to avoid creating traffic back-ups in the arrival and departure areas of RDU.  Signage will be in place to guide motorists to Lumley Road via I-540. Parking for attendees is at RDU Park & Ride Lot 2 (near the Observation Deck), with handicap parking next to the event entrance. A shuttle bus will take attendees from the parking lot to the entrance. For more information, or to reserve a flight in one of the aircraft, please call the Collings Foundation at 800-568-8924 or visit collingsfoundation.org.
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10/12/2017: NCDOT Hosts Drone Workshop in Thomasville

NCDOT Hosts Drone Workshop in Thomasville

Posted 10/12/2017 3:25:54 PM

THOMASVILLE –  As more and more industries are incorporating drones into their practices, the N.C. Department of Transportation wants to help educate local agencies and businesses on some of those potential practical applications. A capacity crowd was on hand Thursday as NCDOT’s Division of Aviation Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Program Office hosted a free workshop for government and commercial drone operators on the campus of Davidson County Community College in Thomasville. Over 100 attendees learned about the use of drone technology in construction and surveying, as well as tips on data management, safety, and other practical applications of drones.  Presenters also provided updates on the latest changes in federal and state regulations and gave a live flight demonstration.  “Drone technology is quickly advancing, and so are the possibilities for a business or government organization interested in using one,” Said Basil Yap, UAS Program Manager for NCDOT.  “Attendees should now have a better understanding of the possible applications for drone technology, and what it takes to effectively implement drones into their operations.” NCDOT hopes to use these free workshops to show how safe this emerging technology can be, and to encourage businesses and government entities to explore how drones can be beneficial to their activities. This was the fourth in a series of drone workshops NCDOT is hosting across the state, and the final one of the year.  The workshops will continue in 2018.
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10/2/2017: NCDOT to Host Drone Workshop in Thomasville

NCDOT to Host Drone Workshop in Thomasville

Posted 10/2/2017 2:40:38 PM

THOMASVILLE –  The N.C. Department of Transportation is excited to announce a drone workshop for commercial and government operators on Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Mary E. Rittling Conference Center on the campus of Davidson Community College. The workshop is hosted by NCDOT’s Division of Aviation Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program office, and is focused on commercial and government drone operations and data management. State and local government personnel who are interested in learning about this technology are encouraged to attend. Local commercial drone operators are also invited to attend and network. This workshop will have a particular focus on the construction industry.  “Drone technology is quickly advancing, and so are the possibilities for a business or government organization interested in using one,” Said Basil Yap, UAS Program Manager for NCDOT.  “The folks in attendance can expect to come away with a realistic understanding of the possible applications for drone technology, and what it takes to effectively implement drones into their operations.” Seating is limited, so attendees should register early. Registration will close once capacity is reached.  The event will last from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 12, and will have presentations, networking opportunities, and live flight demonstrations.  Lunch and snacks are provided. NCDOT hopes to use these free workshops to show how safe and beneficial this emerging technology can be. This is the fourth drone workshop NCDOT has hosted this year.  Previous workshops were in Charlotte, Asheville, and Wilmington.  This is the final workshop of 2017, with more to come in early 2018. ***NCDOT***
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9/28/2017: NCDOT Hosts Drone Workshop in Wilmington

NCDOT Hosts Drone Workshop in Wilmington

Posted 9/28/2017 4:29:57 PM

WILMINGTON –  Drones are good for more than just photography and racing, so the N.C. Department of Transportation wants to help educate local agencies and businesses on some of those potential practical applications. A capacity crowd was on hand Thursday as NCDOT’s Division of Aviation Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Program Office hosted a free workshop for government and commercial drone operators at the Cape Fear Community College North Campus in Castle Hayne. 150 attendees learned about the use of drone technology in emergency response efforts, data management, safety, and other practical applications of drones.  Presenters also provided updates on the latest changes in federal and state regulations and gave live flight demonstrations.  “Drone technology is quickly advancing, and so are the possibilities for a business or government organization interested in using one,” Said Basil Yap, UAS Program Manager for NCDOT.  “Attendees should now have a better understanding of the possible applications for drone technology, and what it takes to effectively implement drones into their operations.” NCDOT hopes to use these free workshops to show how safe and beneficial this emerging technology can be. This was the third in a series of drone workshops NCDOT is hosting across the state.  The next will be in Thomasville on October 12. ***NCDOT***
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9/21/2017: World War II Aircraft Coming to RDU Airport

World War II Aircraft Coming to RDU Airport

Posted 9/21/2017 1:40:51 PM

RALEIGH –  Something special is coming to Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Oct. 19 for the public to experience – four genuine, still-flying World War II aircraft. The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation and the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority are proud to announce that the Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour will be making a stop at the airport for a one-of-a-kind chance to see living aviation history. The tour features four living WWII aircraft – a B-17 Flying Fortress, a Consolidated B-24 Liberator, a B-25 Mitchell bomber and a P-51 Mustang – as well as educational displays and activities from NCDOT, RDU International Airport, the N.C. Museum of History, the National D-Day Memorial, Civil Air Patrol, SAS’ Data on the Fly STEM project, Wings of Carolina, and more. This is a rare opportunity to visit, explore and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history. Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out - $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12 is requested for access to up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft, with discounted rates for school groups and veterans. Visitors may also experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a 30-minute flight aboard these rare aircraft. According to Collings Foundation spokesperson Hunter Chaney, “These aircraft travel the nation as a flying tribute to the flight crews who flew them, the ground crews who maintained them, the workers who built them, the soldiers, sailors and airmen they helped protect; and the citizens and families that share the freedom that they helped preserve.” The Wings of Freedom Tour will be on display at the NCDOT’s Division of Aviation Office and Hangar at RDU Airport, located at 1050 Meridian Drive in Morrisville. The aircraft will arrive on Thursday, Oct. 19 and will be on display through Sunday, Oct. 22, with Friday being an educational day for students. For more information, or to reserve a flight in one of the aircraft, please call the Collings Foundation at 800-568-8924 or visit collingsfoundation.org.
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