Aviation’s Next Great Adventure

In a TEDx Dayton program presented at Victoria Theatre on October 12, 2018, a prominent figure in the world of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) offered his challenge worthy of the Spirit of Flight. Drawing on the rich tradition of achievement in aviation, Dr. Shepherd seeks to inspire the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and adventurers as he describes the role that UAS can play in creating the future.

To view this fascinating TEDx Dayton presentation, see this YouTube link:

TEDx Dayton 2018 presentation by

Andrew D. Shepherd, PhD

Executive Director and Chief Scientist, Unmanned Aerial Systems

Managing Editor, Journal of Unmanned Aerial Systems

Sinclair College National UAS Training and Certification Center

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COVID-19 Closure Updates

Status of Aviation Trail sites regarding visitors during the COVID-19 precautions: Status on Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park buildings as of December 3. All indoor facilities closed.


Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park 

16 S. Williams St., Dayton, OH 45402

Visitor Center:

For details and seasonal date schedules see

or please call (937) 225-7705 for the current park schedule.


From W. Third St., turn south on Williams St and then turn left on Fourth St. Go 1/2 block and turn left into the Visitor Center parking area.

CLICK HERE for a parking map.

See the Visitor Center page for details on hours.

Travel Note - Third St. Bridge closure:

The Third Street Bridge will be CLOSED beginning Jan. 1, 2020 until approximately Oct. 2021. Visitors can use the Fifth St. Bridge or the Salem Ave. Bridge as detours from downtown Dayton. A file with more detailed instructions for visitors traveling from the north or south via I-75, or from the east and west via US35 can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE.


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