The second annual New York UAS Symposium, hosted by NUAIR, at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York, Sept. 16-18, 2019 brought in more than 300 participants. The symposium gives 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 our industry.
The symposium was kicked off with welcoming remarks from NUAIR CEO Mike Hertzendorf and Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. Congressmen Anthony Brindisi (D-22nd District), and John Katko (R-24th District) had a moderated conversation on the ever-growing drone industry and the significant investment & support New York State has contributed to Central New York.
Three separate videos were shown, showcasing the vast technologies and capabilities of New York’s 50-Mile UAS Test Corridor being developed between Rome and Syracuse, New York.
Tuesday’s keynote speaker was Houston Mills, vice president of Flight Operations & Safety at UPS. The day was filled with multiple panel discussions led by UAS industry experts which discussed many of the key issues facing the UAS industry, including cybersecurity, urban air mobility, weather, remote ID and more. Multiple UAS industry vendors were also setup throughout the conference for participants to learn more about their technologies and advancements.
The final day of the Symposium focused on the multitude of industries involved with unmanned aircraft systems. A full day lined with individuals from across the United States in the fields of higher education, public safety, tech startups and more to discuss their involvement with the UAS industry. The day was opened by CenterState CEO President & CEO, Rob Simpson, followed by keynote speaker Jamie Winders, director of the Syracuse University Autonomous Systems Policy Institute (ASPI). 3 Plenary Panels, and a “Lunch & Learn” helped to end the symposium followed by time to visit UAS vendor tables, network with industry experts and see how New York is becoming the center for UAS development and integration.
The chapter had at least 5 attendees at the event.