The meeting was called to order by President Terry Carlson on this 16th day of May, 2016.  
 
Luke Ferden led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance after which we recited the Four Way Test. 
 
Hyon Kim gave the invocation.     
 
Lynne Megan was supposed to introduce visitors and guests but today we had no visitors or guests.  
 
General club announcements and business followed:  
 
 
 
Today we welcomed a new member, Courtney Harrness, from the YMCA.  Welcome Courtney.    
 
The District conference was held Last Thursday and Friday.  Between the two districts almost 700 people attended including a large number of Roseville Rotarians. 
 
 
 
Last Saturday our club participated in the Stamp Out Hunger program.  Thank you to David Kray for getting the Roseville football team to assist. 
 
 
Tonight the club will be presenting its annual RAHS scholarships.  Two scholarships for $1,000 each will be awarded.  More details to follow later on the recipients.    
 
Saturday, May 21st, the club will be holding its roadside clean-up.  If anyone hasn’t signed up but is still interested in helping, please contact Greg Carlson,  gwcarlson@hotmail.com
 
Thursday, June 9th we’ll be volunteering at Bridging from 4-6PM.  If you are interested in participating please contact Roger Reistad,pforms@qwestoffice.net
 
Finally, next week’s meeting (May 23rd) will be held at Midland Hills Country Club. 
 
 
With announcements completed Brad Kirscher introduced today’s speaker:  Michael Korman with Right Stuff Drones.  Mr. Korman is a retired Master Chief Seabee and Target executive who spoke to the club about the use of drones in society. 
 
Today it’s estimated that there are over 1 million drones in use, both commercially and recreationally.  By 2020 that number is expected to rise to 7 million.  While the recreational use of drones isn’t really regulated, commercial usage is overseen by the FAA and has a number of rules / requirements – although it doesn’t sound like a lot of those are followed, resulting in illegal flight operations under current laws and FAA rules & regulations. 
 
Commercial drones are flown for a number of reasons but primarily they are data collectors and many include NDVI, FLIR, PIX4D and infrared cameras.  Drones are considered unmanned aircraft and potentially carry significant liability if they crash or are otherwise misused.  In order to operate a drone commercially the pilot is supposed to have a valid pilot’s license and aviation liability insurance – but often this isn’t the case, making the flight an illegal operation. 
 
If you or your company uses drones or are considering using drones for any commercial purpose, make no mistake, you are in the aviation business and should have a Drone Policy.  On the other hand, if you are simply considering hiring someone to fly a drone on your behalf, you should ask the following questions:
 
  1. What were you doing a year ago?
  2. Do you have a valid pilot’s license?
  3. Do you operate under a Section 333 exemption?
  4. Do you carry aviation liability insurance?
  5. Do you have an operations manual?
  6. Have you met all the maintenance requirements on your drone?
  7. Do you have airspace clearance?
  8. How many paid take-offs / landings do you have? 
  9. What kind of ongoing training do you participate in?
  10. Where is your office?  Can I visit it? 
 
Following the FAA rules & regulations along with asking a few questions could keep you out of trouble should a crash, or worse, occur.  
 
If you would like more information on his presentation you can contact Mr. Korman at mike.korman@rightstuffdrones.com.  Please include “MSCA Learning Drones” in the subject line. 
 
With the presentation completed and no further business, the meeting was adjourned.   
 
 
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