Aviation Conference Examines, Evaluates UAV Industry


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's recent annual Aviation, Aeronautics and Aerospace International Research Conference (A3IRCon) included a focus on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Held Jan. 15-18 in Phoenix, attendees witnessed two UAV demonstrations, presented by students from the university’s Prescott, Ariz., campus. Attendees also met with conference keynote speaker Robert Sumwalt, board member of the National Transportation Safety Board, to discuss topics including UAV regulations.

During multiple days of concurrent sessions, networking and panel discussions, delegates from Australia, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey and the U.S. presented their latest research on some of the world’s most pressing issues facing aviation.
They noted that the U.S. is falling behind in the development and integration of UAVs into the National Airspace System, and the delegates issued a UAV collegiate challenge to meet and address at next year’s third annual A3IRCon.
‘As the premier research and information sharing conference devoted to issues vital to the industry's current and future leaders, A3IRCon's influence and impact will be felt worldwide,’ comments Dr. Brent Bowen, event organizer and dean of the college of aviation at Embry-Riddle’s Prescott campus.

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