UAS 2011 Conference & Exhibition Program Published

UVS International is again hosting a very distinguished list of speakers, givingconference attendees a first hand insight into the current direction of the veryfluid airspace integration efforts from around the world. Attendees will also bemade aware of the results and progress from studies and empirical knowledgegleaned from fielding systems for a host of applications. Just as an example,during UAS 2009 attendees were shown how the use of UAS was instrumental inbringing down the Tamil Tigers by a member of the Sri Lankan military.
This venue is not so much a trade show, but more of an open forum for usersand regulators to share ideas and air their respective grievances, supportingand emphasizing a better understanding of limitations and expectations fromboth sides of the issue(s). Having attended and presented on a couple ofoccasions has afforded me the opportunity to espouse the mission and goals ofthe RCAPA to the global community. Furthermore, those speakers inclined canbe apart of panels that are allowed to question and comment on other speaker’spresentations. Thus far, it is the only venue I have found that could provide theassociation such an opportunity. Without reservation, this conference is a mustattend for those who see themselves in the future of this industry or technologyfield.
The 13th consecutive year for this particular conference proves to be just asenlightening as the past twelve even without the inclusion of the author. The foodand wine are world class (it is Paris after all), and breaks are held in a relaxedsetting that allows for interaction with speakers and attendees of the multidayconference. Not a common opportunity as generally most speakers hit the doorafter presenting (possibly it’s the poor quality food?!)
If, you are inclined to get your fill of a trade show, the week after UAS 2011 is theParis Air Show – a must for any aviation buff. I’d definitely suggest stopping bythe Israeli pavilion as they have a very impressive array of UAS on display.
Also worth mentioning, UVS International has updated and the websites.Both are registered affairs, but UVS-info has a wealth of information pertainingto UAS large and small, as well as the Global Airspace Integration effort, historyand ongoing initiatives. The UVS International portal is where you’ll find anoverview and background on the association as well as a listing of the otherconferences (Including China) for 2011.

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Patrick Egan
Editor in Field, sUAS News Americas Desk | Patrick Egan is the editor of the Americas Desk at sUAS News and host and Executive Producer of the sUAS News Podcast Series, Drone TV and the Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition. Experience in the field includes assignments with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Battle Lab investigating solutions on future warfare research projects. Instructor for LTA (Lighter Than Air) ISR systems deployment teams for an OSD, U.S. Special Operations Command, Special Surveillance Project. Built and operated commercial RPA prior to 2007 FAA policy clarification. On the airspace integration side, he serves as director of special programs for the RCAPA (Remote Control Aerial Photography Association).