UAS Conference Comes to Cape May, N.J., Next Month

The second annual Cape May, N.J., UAS Conference is arriving on Oct. 13-14. This year’s event will focus on the current regulatory environment of UAS, as well as the business potential of the emerging technology.

The conference, taking place at the Cape May Convention Hall, is hosted by the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA), Cape May County and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) – Liberty Chapter.

Rep. Frank LoBiondo, chair of the aviation subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives, will be joined by Maj. General (Ret.) Marke “Hoot” Gibson, the Federal Aviation Administration’s senior advisor on UAS integration, to provide a keynote address on their continuing efforts to safely integrate UAS into national airspace.

“I really enjoyed my visit to Cape May for last year’s UAS conference, and I’ve been genuinely impressed with the quality and quantity of work that has taken place in Cape May during that time,” Gibson says. “I look forward to speaking about the FAA’s successes and challenges of the past year and providing an update on the integration efforts related to this rapidly evolving technology.”

The DBRA notes that part of the conference will focus on connecting UAS companies with local businesses that may want to incorporate the technology into their operations.

The event will kick off Thursday night with the premiere of a drone movie, followed by a drone race expo on Friday (both produced by Randy Scott Slavin, creator of the New York City Drone Film Festival and the Liberty Cup drone race).

Along with LoBiondo and Gibson, some of the confirmed speakers and presenters include Shelley Yak, director of the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center; Dr. Mark Contarino, vice president of technology at SubUAS LLC; Eric Smith, aviation attorney with Kaplan, Kirsch & Rockwell; Jeff Sassinsky, president of Fovea Aero Systems LLC; Tony Samaritano, CEO and co-founder of Verge Aero; Tony Lasure, CEO of Pentagon Performance Inc.; David Day, executive vice president of Keystone Aviation; and Mark Aiken, director of government relations at AUVSI.


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