UAS Traffic Management Convention Coming to Upstate New York

An unmanned aircraft system (UAS) traffic management (UTM) convention is coming to Upstate New York this November.

Taking place Nov. 8-10 at sites across Syracuse and at the Griffiss International Airport in Rome, the 2016 UTM Convention is hosted by a partnership including Onondaga County, Oneida County, CenterState CEO, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Empire State Development, the Air Traffic Control Association, and Syracuse University.

“As the only UAS test site in the state of New York, Oneida County is pleased to see the annual UTM convention here in our region,” says Anthony J. Picente, Jr., Oneida County executive. “When Oneida County’s Griffiss International Airport applied for and became the UAS test site, these are the type of opportunities we had planned to see and be a part of. This is an integral step in developing the UAS industry throughout all of central New York and the Mohawk Valley.”

The list of industry and public officials expected to participate include representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration, NASA and other federal agencies, as well as industry and academic organizations. The program will feature a number of workshops, as well as flight demonstrations. The convention will also feature keynote briefings from NASA on technical capability level demonstration 2, in which industry collaborators will participate this October.

According to CenterState CEO, the event leveraging the success of last year’s UTM convention, hosted by NASA at the Ames Research Center in California.

“AUVSI is pleased to partner on the 2016 UTM Convention through its Empire State chapter,” comments Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI. “Last year’s event was a critical step toward developing UTM in the United States, and we expect the 2016 convention in Upstate New York to build on that momentum.”


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