Aerodrome, a company that owns and operates teaching airports for commercial drones and its partner, the City of Boulder City, have broken ground on the world's first commercial droneport — a facility that offers government-approved training, testing, and pilot certification.
"Unmanned air systems are inherently different from manned aircraft and require a whole new type of expertise in order to be executed safely," said Jonathan Daniels, president of The Aerodrome. "This historic development has far-reaching implications, and will bring with it new aviation business opportunities, jobs and a profound new reputation for the U.S. as the world's leader in Unmanned Air Systems."
The 50-acre Eldorado Droneport in Boulder City, NV is located approximately 28 miles from the Las Vegas Strip and is one of only six FAA-appointed UAS test sites in the country. Aerodrome is also environmentally conscious and will generate its own solar power to operate the massive facility.
"This is an exciting day for the City of Boulder City and the State of Nevada, to be the site of and partner with Aerodrome on the world's first commercial droneport," said Brok Armantrout, director, Community Development Department, City of Boulder City. "As one of only six FAA-approved UAS test sites in the country, we are more than prepared to meet the expectations that will come with being the world's first droneport, and we welcome those opportunities enthusiastically."
The Eldorado Droneport is open to the public but privately operated. It provides training for drones; FAA repairman and pilot certification and testing; and other educational initiatives.