I'm involved in a UAS project sponsored by NOAA. Our goals are to overfly the open ocean and scan for debris. One of the guys on our team is a seasoned fish spotter from AK. Hey I see you are in HI ... we are going out to Oahu for a demo a week from Tuesday. Not sure if we'll have any spare time though ... I'm just a worker bee so I don't call the shots. The fish spotter is in charge of this project. :-)
We have developed a flying wing ... almost 8' wing span, maybe about 9lbs. It is electric powered and can go about an hour at that weight (more capacitiy is available for battery, but we haven't pushed the endurance yet.)
Our wing is marinized so it can land in the water (rather than needing a fancy net system and still crashing into the side of the boat or into the water.) :-)
My direct email is firstname.lastname@example.org, our company web site is www.atiak.com
I have no idea what my day to day schedule will be like ... I fly in Tuesday evening late, then Wed. is my prep day. I think we are going to do our demo flights Thursday (?) off the north shore in a Navy operations area (which NOAA obtained permission to fly in.) I should have email access at the hotel in the evenings when I'm out there. Maybe on the tail end of the trip (Friday/Saturday?) I would have some time ... especially if things go extremely well (or extremely poorly.) :-) There will be equipment to box up and ship back home after the demos (hopefully) so that might take some time. But shoot me an email sometime middle of next week and I should have a much better idea of our exact schedule and if we are behind and scrambling or so far ahead of the game we are sitting around watching spongebob squarepants and mythbusters on TV. :-)
Tim is from AK, and I'm from MN so we try to avoid the sun as much as possible to preserve our pasty northern complexions.
We joke that we plan to stay up until 3-4am the night before we fly, get virtually no sleep, grab a giant coffee on the way to the boat, forget to take our dramamine, and then start puking as soon as we clear the breakwater ... like we did on our last demo out there.