FIRST DAY OF DRONE WORLD EXPO EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS
Verizon Ventures, FAA, NASA and Google X Lead Opening Session with a Theme of Collaboration
Panelists on the UTM Update panel included (left to right) moderator Gretchen West, Senior Advisory of Innovation and Technology, Hogan Lovells; Mark “Hoot” Gibson, Senior Advisory on UAS Integration, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); David Famolari, Director, Verizon Ventures; Parimal “PK” Kopardekar, Manager, Safe Autonomous System Operations (SASO) Project, NASA; and Dave Vos, Project Wing Project Lead, Google X.
Marke “Hoot” Gibson, Senior Advisor of UAS Integration, Federal Aviation Administration, said, “We have begun to embrace the greatest revolution in aviation in our lifetime which is changing the way we at the FAA think and collaborate with industry.”
In addition to the keynote and a full day of conference sessions, Brendan Schulman, DJI’s director of Policy announced that DJI will begin offering a new “geofencing” safety system that the company says will better keep drones out of restricted areas. “By default, starting in December, users of DJI-brand drones will not be able to enter into, or take off from, areas like prisons or power plants. The company says the system – called Geospatial Environment Online, and powered by a company called AirMap – will also be constantly updated with new information on restrictions, which will prevent drones from entering zones with shifting security needs, like stadium events or wildfire areas,” Schulman stated.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18th Highlights:
- TechTalks (10:15 am – 3:15 pm) – Hear from innovators who are taking drone technology to the next level speak on topics including FAA Compliance Automation Challenges and Benefits, Drones with 3D Depth Data, and Drones are the New iPhone. Click here for the full schedule.
- Live Flying Demonstrations (10:30 am – 3:30 pm)- Join us at the demo cage in the Exhibit Hall to see how featured exhibitors’ drones fly! Demos by DJI: Matrice 100, Amimon: CONNEX, and Riderless™ Aerotech: Sentry – Personal Aerial Support System. Click here for the full schedule.
- Special Book Signing (2:00 pm in DJI Booth 301) – Eric Cheng will signing copies of his new book, “Aerial Photography and Videography Using Drones”. DJI will be announcing the winner of their Phantom 3 Standard at 3:00 pm.
- Networking Reception (4:00 – 5:00 pm) – Join all attendees in the Exhibit Hall to recap at the end of the event.