Guam’s first drone lab officially opens
Bella Wings to manufacture unmanned aircraft
By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Bella Wings Aviation has unveiled Guam’s first flight lab with the official opening of its offices and laboratory facilities at Tumon Sands Plaza on Aug. 31.
BWA has been working to establish a drone development program that includes the light manufacturing of drones to be used for STEM education, First Person View flying and racing, videography, and—most importantly—customized for the needs of first responders.
The new flight lab demonstrates BWA’s commitment to the technological advancement of Guam.
“The lab will be dedicated to the advancement of the drone industry, both for research and development,” said Charlie Hermosa, president, and co-founder of Bella Wings Aviation.
BWA said it is creating a network to provide innovative and cost-effective solutions throughout all industries. The BWA flight lab will also serve as a training institute for anyone pursuing a career as a Federal Aviation Administration Part 107 licensed drone pilot.
“Holding an FAA Private Pilot License and Part 107 certification — this represents a great opportunity for BWA drone pilots to give back and help with the island’s development through drone air services,” said Pearla Cordero, BWA chief operating officer and co-founder.
During the opening, BWA officials showcased product launches demonstrating advancements in drone technology right here in Guam, including the light assembly/manufacture of drones at the new flight lab.
BWA has received an initial order of 20 drone kits to be assembled on site. A demonstration for the development of BWA’s Virtual Inspection Construction Engineering or VICE program was also performed.
“VICE will transform how we utilize virtual reality and the development of Guam’s metaverse,” Hermosa said. (BWA)