Board of Directors
Scott Alexander, Perry County Judge-Executive
Steve Barker, Chairman of the Hazard Airport Board
Donna Roark, CIO, Hazard Community & Technical College
Dr. Jennifer Lindon, President of Hazard Community & Technical College
Jeff Dobson, Knott County Judge-Executive
Dr. Deronda Mobelini, Executive Director, University Center of the Mountains
USA Drone Port: National Unmanned Robotic Research and Development Center will access our region's creative assets to craft a world-class unmanned vehicle research, development, training, and education facility. USA Drone Port will be the premiere model for innovation to reinvent the economy of Central Appalachia and move the region to emerging global industries.
The research and development center is a unique offering for drone
research, development, training, and education. This center will
eliminate the need for manufacturers to utilize non-US based,
cost-prohibitive facilities that operate outside FFA guidelines.
The National Unmanned Robotic Research and Development Center
will offer a 3,500' runway and circular landing pads, surrounded by
Class G airspace, capable of landing fixed wing aircraft including
military drones. The center will also include solution shops, and
hangers for students, inventors, technicians, and manufacturers. The
facilities will create a synergistic location for flying, testing,
rebuilding, and continued improvement of products. Gigabit enabled
office space, meeting areas, common areas, and computer labs will be
The project builds on the
assets of Kentucky and the region. Kentucky is the second largest
exporter of aerospace products. The site is ideally located to satisfy
Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) guidelines. The Wendell H. Ford Airport
is a critical partner by providing opportunities for clients to fly in
for testing and facility utilization.
Future plans include additions for research and development of land based and underwater based drones.