VANDALIA — Mr. Brant Kiss was the featured speaker at the Jan. 12 dinner meeting of the Vandalia Lions Club. His topic was Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), commonly called drones.
Kiss formerly worked at WPAFB doing drone research and is now under contract to the base while still following his passion for drones. He discussed advantages offered by UAVs, and a variety of users: military, commercial and recreational.
The military uses fixed-wing versions in combat missions, while the much smaller, multi-rotor versions serve in several commercial applications, such as pipeline monitoring, power line inspection, facility surveilence, farm crop assessment, and precision fertilizing. Police also use drones as an eye-in-the-sky and they can also be used for medical emergency supply delivery. Various sensors can be installed and tailored to the mission.
There are an estimated 2-3 drones million flying in the United States at present, with over $100 million in recreational sales in 2015. Fourteen colleges in Ohio provide courses in UAV technology. Sinclair Community College in Dayton is one of the leaders.
The climax of the presentation was when Mr. Kiss flew a midget UAV all around the room.