At Boulder, Nevada, the world’s first commercial drone airport will soon rise—the Eldorado Droneport. This will be one of only a few FAA-appointed UAS test sites in the United States.
The facility is set to provide training, maintenance and other functions relevant to the commercial drone industry, including individual drone pilots. Currently, the company has teaching facilities located in Detroit, Michigan and Henderson, Nevada.
The droneport, already operating on a five acre parcel in Boulder, is intended to finish construction of the facility as well as its adjacent training areas in the next three years.
The facility hopes to attract hobbyists, government officials, rescue workers, and private businesses who want to find a place where they can test and fly their unmanned aerial vehicles. It may seem a little bit questionable to have a bunch of people gathered around flying their drones about, as collisions will be far more likely; however, there is a lot of space, and there are a lot of process in place to ensure that this issues does not arise.
"The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry envisions an unprecedented $82.1 billion growth between 2015 and 2025," an Aerodrome document claims as quoted in Fast Company, "generating at least 103,000 new, high-paying jobs. But the industry faces a crippling talent gap between the number of new jobs that will need to be filled and an undeveloped pool of trained individuals and groups needed to command this bold new skyscape...Aerodrome exists to fill the gap between need and opportunity. We are uniquely prepared to help meet the increasing demand for an unmanned systems workforce."