The Toledo RC Show - April 2015

UASUSA, an established, commercial, civil drone company, exhibited the TEMPEST at the largest RC trade show in the Country.

UASUSA, an established, commercial, civil drone company, exhibited the TEMPEST at the largest RC trade show in the Country.

TOLEDO, OHIO, April 11th, 2015

Civil use drones are everywhere, and the gap between the RC world and the drone industry is quickly disappearing. UASUSA manufactures, pilots and programs electric, fully autonomous planes that come from sailplane technology. These drones provide everyday benefits to communities all around the world. UASUSA’s planes have helped dropped vaccines in Africa, searched for rhino poachers, studied the inner workings of tornados, flown at the edge of space and monitored flood damage…to name just a few of the missions.

UASUSA exhibited their Tempest UAS (unmanned aircraft system) at the world’s largest RC exposition in Toledo, Ohio last weekend (April 10-12th). The booth included a virtual flight demonstration, allowing conference attendees to fly the Tempest over a sample area of land to be mapped.

The booth was buzzing with attention, questions and news interviews.

“As the FAA continues to make policy changes, they are beginning to see the valuable link between the established RC community and the ever-changing drone world”.  Says Skip Miller, President and Founder of UASUSA and past World Champion pilot of RC sailplanes.  “The ability to pilot a small drone by line of sight is becoming an essential part of successful drone flight and safety”.

The UASUSA booth facilitated increasing drone education and awareness in the RC world, and helped to bridge the gap between the two industries. “There are so many potential links that will benefit both worlds,” says Skip Miller. “The possibilities are limitless if we can learn to respect these amazing tools we have, and take advantage of the RC skills and the drone technology. Sure, some of the RC planes here are still for fun, to fly as a hobby or sport, but there are some, like the Tempest, that can change our world.”


UASUSA manufactures, customizes and pilots unmanned aircraft for commercial use. Our company develops and creates complete systems (airframes, cameras, data collection devices and flight training), helping communities locally and around the world resolve some of the biggest environmental, social and scientific challenges.

UASUSA manufactures unique airframes. Our fixed wing, electric and sailplane models are quite different than the multi-rotor variation more commonly seen. Our airframes are much more stable, travel a greater distance, can handle extreme weather with more reliability and efficiency, carry larger payloads and offer a much more advanced, sophisticated and elegant design.

Our leading airframe, the Tempest, is cutting edge. It has successfully accomplished many autonomous missions, including tasks such as an edge-of-space mission through the Naval Research Lab, monitoring rhino poaching in Africa and tornado tracking and monitoring for the University of Colorado. The airframe has broken records and expectations of flight time, payload needs and withstanding extreme weather. Currently, the need for a COA (certificate of authorization) is necessary to fly a drone for commercial use. To-date, the Tempest has been issued more COA’s than any other small drone in the world. It has an impeccable reputation of success, reliability and ease of use.



Elise Miller


Longmont, Colorado