NVBAA and GRADD Make History at the Reno Air Races

NVBAA and GRADD Make History at the Reno Air Races


(LAS VEGAS, NV) — September 28, 2015 – A team of engineers and staff from GRADD (Global Robot And Drone Deployment) and 4 student members of NVBAA’s (Nevada Business Aviation Association) after-school aviation club from Sunrise Mountain High School (SMHS) in Las Vegas attended the Reno Air Races from September 17th-20th and manned a joint booth together in the Drone Zone. While promoting the efforts & initiatives of their organizations, the GRADD/NVBAA team provided Air Race attendees a flight simulator experience and presented a live demonstration of 3D printing at their joint booth.

Two flight simulator stations were set up in the GRADD/NVBAA booth and were supervised by the SMHS Aviation Club students, who provided over 250 free flight lessons to booth visitors ranging from elementary school students to adults.

“Taking the knowledge gained from NVBAA’s after-school aviation program, I was extremely excited to show young students what I have learned in the Aviation Club. Getting to see the Reno Air Races was really cool, but guiding elementary students to fly a SR-71 jet with me as their instructor was truly awesome,” said Joshua Carlson, a junior at SMHS.

In addition to the 2 flight simulators, the GRADD/NVBAA printed and gave away over 500 3D-printed miniature F-86 Sabre jet models to children and adults at their booth in the Drone Zone. Attendees that walked through the Drone Zone tent at the Reno Air Races 2015 were mesmerized by the 3D printing action, with many students and teachers wanting to know more about the process. The 3D printing demonstration made history by being the first time ever to have LIVE 3D printing at the Reno Air Races. The demonstration also marked the kick-off of NVBAA’s “Free 3D Printing for Nevada’s K-12” initiative, whose goal is to provide FREE education, training and 3D printed projects to all K-12 students and teachers of Nevada. (For more information about NVBAA’s Free 3D Printing program, visit: http://www.nv3d.org)

“One of our major initiatives at NVBAA is to continue expanding our award-winning, integrative STEM education programs for K-12 students and to raise awareness of the importance of STEM careers for Nevada’s future workforce. We are focused on inspiring Nevada’s youth to become the next generation of engineers, inventors, designers, computer programmers and scientists,” said Reza Karamooz, President of NVBAA.


Nevada Business Aviation Association (NVBAA) is a Nevada 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation based in Las Vegas that advocates for STEM Education, economic development and the creation of high-paying jobs in Aviation, Aerospace and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). NVBAA brings together over 400 members who represent Nevada’s top aviation business, community, education, government, and industry representatives. NVBAA is the Nevada chapter of NBAA (National Business Aviation Association). Learn more about NVBAA at www.nvbaa.org.


GRADD CO. is a Las Vegas-based Nevada Corporation. GRADD is focusing its initial efforts on building an education system that supports safety and operations training for commercial UAS applications. GRADD has also filed a Petition for a Section 333 Exemption with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and is ramping up for operational deployments in: Aerial Photography and Videography, Aerial Surveying, Agriculture, Bridge Inspection, Construction Site Inspection and Monitoring, Data Acquisition, Education and Research, Flare Stack Inspection, Pipeline Inspection and Patrolling, Public Entity Support Operations, Utility and Power Generation Systems Inspections and Patrolling, Wildlife and Forestry Monitoring.

For more information about GRADD, call 702-879-9100, visit www.GRADD.co, follow us on Twitter (@GRADD_CO) or email info@gradd.co.

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