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More than 300 participate in New York UAS Symposium at Turning Stone

By Eric Reinhardt


VERONA, N.Y. — More than 300 participants attended the second annual New York UAS Symposium that NUAIR hosted at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona earlier this week, Sept. 16-18.

The event provided the UAS community a chance to network with UAS industry leaders from around the globe, to make new connections, and most importantly, discuss the key issues facing the industry, NUAIR said in a Friday news release.

NUAIR is short for Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research. It is a coalition of private and public entities and academic institutions that provides expertise in the operation and management of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly known as drones.

UAS is short for unmanned aircraft system. A UAS includes a drone and equipment used to control its flight. A drone is also referred to in the industry as an unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV.


Symposium details

The symposium started with welcoming remarks from NUAIR CEO Mike Hertzendorf and Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr.

U.S. Representatives Anthony Brindisi (D–Utica) and John Katko (R–Camillus) had a moderated conversation on the “ever-growing” drone industry and the “significant” investment and support that New York has contributed to Central New York.

Houston Mills, V.P. of flight operations & safety at Atlanta, Georgia–based UPS, provided a keynote address on Tuesday morning, explaining how UPS is currently using drones in their daily operations and what’s in store for the future of drone package delivery by UPS.

Attendees also watched three videos that demonstrated the technologies and capabilities of New York’s 50-Mile UAS test corridor that’s under development between Rome and Syracuse.

One of the videos featured multiple UAS Service Suppliers (USS) communicating with each other for safe flights and how public-safety personnel can implement a “no fly zone” of airspace in the case of an emergency where a public-safety drone is deployed.

The Symposium’s final day focused on the industries involved with unmanned aircraft systems. It included representatives from across the U.S. in the fields such as higher education and public safety, along with technology startups discussing their involvement with the UAS industry.

The day was opened by Robert Simpson, president & CEO of CenterState CEO, provide opening remarks followed by keynote speaker Jamie Winders, director of the Syracuse University Autonomous Systems Policy Institute.

The day included three plenary panels, a “lunch & learn” session, and time to visit UAS vendor tables and network with industry experts.


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