A two-day unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) symposium is coming to Cape May County, N.J., on Oct. 29-30.
Hosted by the county and the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA), the event will feature UAS industry advocate U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., who will provide the keynote address. The congressman serves as chair of the aviation subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Another featured speaker will be Marke “Hoot” Gibson, the newly appointed senior advisor on UAS integration for the FAA.
“UAS technology is an exciting, emerging technology with fantastic possibilities,” comments Will Morey, Cape May County freeholder, who also is a commercial-rated pilot and certified flight instructor. “By hosting this event with our colleagues at the DRBA, we hope to further build Cape May County’s reputation as a key center for UAS research and innovation.”
The symposium will kick off at 3 p.m. on Thur., Oct. 29, with exhibits, UAS demonstrations and networking opportunities at the Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal facilities in Lower Township. At a reception and dinner on Thursday night, participants will be asked to present 60-second bios describing their companies’ UAS efforts.
The next day will include panel discussions in which industry stakeholders will focus on the current regulatory environment, New Jersey’s role in UAS testing, emerging uses in UAS technology, the evolution of a UAS workforce and business challenges facing UAS companies.
Along with LoBiondo and Gibson, confirmed speakers and presenters include Dr. Mark Contarino of EES; Brigadier General (ret.) William Marshall of the New Jersey Institute of Technology; Rose Mooney, executive director of the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership; Dr. Nancy Hudanich, superintendent of Cape May County Technical School District; Steve Iaquinto of Sunhillo Corp.; Dan Murray of US2; Joseph M. Sheairs Sr., director of the Stockton Aviation Research & Technology Park; Eric Smith, Esq., aviation attorney with Kaplan, Kirsch & Rockwell; and David Yoel, founder and CEO of American Aerospace Technologies Inc.
More information can be found here.