Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

April 30, 2018

MnDOT, partners host community event on drones May 5 in Eagan

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration, the Minnesota Drone Advocacy Council and the Minnesota Autonomous Vehicle Meetup group, are presenting the first Minnesota Drone Day May 5 at the Blackhawk Middle School in Eagan, Minn.

The event, held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., is open to current and aspiring drone pilots of all ages and experience levels Admission is free.

Kevin Morris from the FAA will discuss the types of drone operations allowed in the National Airspace system, including the corresponding regulations, requirements and best practices. There will be a Q&A session immediately after the presentation.

Air Bears, a non-profit search and rescue operation, will provide a flight simulator at the event and give drone demonstrations outdoors. Other sessions will provide participants with hands-on experience with:

  • Drone technology                                                                                                                                           
  • Competitive racing
  • First-person view flying (video piloting)

Blackhawk Middle School is located at 1540 Deerwood Drive in Eagan.

For more information or to register, visit MNDAC.org.

MnDOT’s Office of Aeronautics promotes general and commercial aviation throughout the state, and provides aircraft registration, airport development, aviation system planning and education. The office also maintains and operates aviation navigational systems and government aircraft services. Learn more at www.mndot.gov/aero.