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Monday, November 6

8:00 am – 3:00 pmExhibitor Move-In
1:30 pm - 4:30 pmTour The Future:Arizona State University’s Award-Winning Engineering and Aerospace Lab*
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5:00 pm – 6:30 pmSummit & Expo Grand Opening & Welcome Reception
  • Ribbon Cutting: Joseph Cuffari, Policy Advisor, Office of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey
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Tuesday, November 7

7:30 am – 8:30 am Breakfast 
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8:30 am – 8:35 amWelcoming Remarks by Organizers
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  • Presentations from: Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation, UAS Magazine Online
  • 8:35 am – 9:00 am
    Special Morning Keynote Presentation
    The National Mood and Trajectory of UAS

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    During this special presentation from one of the most important and prominent voices leading the UAS industry forward, listen to Brian Wynne, president of the Association of Unmanned Vehicles Systems International, explain the biggest and most pressing topics and issues present in the unmanned industry today that are taking place from Capitol Hill to Phoenix.
  • Brian Wynne, President, Association of Unmanned Vehicles Systems International
  • 9:00 am – 10:00 amA Region Ready to Boom: Why the Southwestern U.S. is on the Cusp Of UAS Activity Expansion
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    Learn why the region’s leaders and aerospace experts are confident in the future of UAS activity and development in the Southwestern U.S. With a rich history of aerospace tech and operational development, the influence of the region on the greater UAS industry is now too hard to ignore or underappreciate.
  • Michael Vargas, State Director, Office of U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)
  • Ted Maxwell, Commander, Arizona National Guard; President, Southern Arizona Leadership Council
  • Kevin O'Shea, Vice President of International Trade, Arizona Commerce Authority
  • 10:00 am – 6:30 pm Expo Open
    10:00 am – 10:30 amRefreshment Break In The Expo
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    10:30 am – 11:00 pmCo-producing Success: Utilizing the Mexico-U.S. Aerospace Connection Present in Arizona
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    While Arizona’s geographic location on the border may create familiar headlines not linked to UAS, the state’s location has created an unmatched, unique opportunity never before discussed or truly utilized amongst the majority of the UAS industry. Find out how the Mexico-U.S. aerospace connection can improve manufacturing, distribution or tech roll-out into the region and the entire U.S.
  • Presentations by: Co-Production International
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pmThe Landmark Moment For Drones: How Drone-Based First Response Efforts to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma Will Impact The Entire Country
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    Unmanned aircraft systems deployed during or after two major weather-related disasters along the Texas Gulf Coast and Florida have reframed the national mood and understanding of drones. First response efforts utilizing drones during Hurricane’s Harvey and Irma helped to highlight the positive possibilities that drones provide for disaster relief, infrastructure inspection and critical data gathering efforts. These first responder professionals share the true stories and lessons learned from their time on the frontlines of the drone-based relief efforts that have now been recognized as a watershed moment in the history of drones. Learn how they navigated the FAA’s COA and Part 107 process, how operational teams set-up and transported UAVs and ground control stations, how real-time imagery was used and more.
  • Speakers to include first responder professionals
  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pmLunch In The Expo
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    1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
    The Role of the Remote Pilots Council for UAS
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    Formed in early 2017, the Remote Pilots Council offers remote pilots an unprecedented opportunity to engage with peer groups and with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. Hear what leading UAS pilots have to say about real-world operations, FAA’s current regulations, the possibility or needs for future regulations and why a year after forming, the RPC is more important than ever.
  • Presentation by: Remote Pilot Council
  • 2:30 pm – 3:00 pmWhat the FBI Wants You To Know About Drones
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  • Phillip Bates, Arizona Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate Coordinator, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Additional Speakers To Be Announced
  • 3:00 pm – 3:30 pmRefreshment Break In The Expo
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    3:30 pm – 5:00 pmResearch In The Desert: UAS Breakthroughs and Insights From Arizona State University and the University of Arizona
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    From application-based research to the latest in 3D printing of UAS, learn what these major institutions are doing to further the UAS industry, gain attention or draw investment and partnership.
  • Paul Brierley, Executive Director, University of Arizona’s Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture
  • Lloyd Brown, Senior Systems Engineer, Arizona State University Research Enterprise
  • Jennah Perry, Assistant Professor of Air Traffic Management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Panos Artemiadis, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Human-Oriented Robotics and Control Lab, Arizona State University
  • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pmNetworking Reception In The Expo
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    6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Remote Pilots Council Meeting
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    Wednesday, November 8

    7:30 am – 8:30 amBreakfast In The Expo
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    7:30 am – 1:30 pm Expo Open
    8:30 am – 8:40 amMorning Updates
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  • Luke Geiver, Editor, UAS Magazine
  • 8:40 am – 9:10 amUAS Company Keynotes
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    Proven on a global scale, these UAS firms may call the Arizona region home, but their reach, impact and opportunity in the evolving UAS world continues to grow. Learn why industry analysts, economic researchers and leaders from outside the industry are following the work of these UAS companies during their day-two morning keynote updates.
    Advancing UAS From Takeoff To Touchdown
    • Aaron Farber, UAV Science Program Manager, Latitude Engineering
    9:10 am – 9:40 amThe Law of the Land: How UAS Regulations at the State, Federal Level Will Shape the 2018 Industry
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    Experienced and considered go-to sources on UAS legal matters and their respective implications to the trajectory of the UAS civil, defense, commercial and hobby markets, these presenters will reveal the most important legal matters for 2018.
  • Sarah Nilsson, Pilot and Attorney, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Representative from Polsinelli Law
  • 9:40 am – 10:00 amMaintaining The Aerospace Community In Arizona
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    With the largest UAS military training facilities in the country, the Southwest has become a focal point for military-based manned and unmanned testing. Learn how the U.S. Air Force is developing its UAS capabilities or working with community leaders and elected officials to educate and ensure future aerospace missions are successful.
  • Christopher Toale, Community Initiatives Team, U.S. Air Force
  • 10:00 am – 10:30 amRefreshment Break In The Expo
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    10:30 am – 12:00 pmMoving Past The UAS Basics: Advanced UAS Application Strategies And Operations
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    These service providers, researchers and private companies that have added UAS to their day-to-day operations have revealed what next-gen operations, technology usage and UAV-collected data can do. Learn what they have done above and beyond the basics of what others have already done.
  • John Wolcott, CEO, Industrial Aerobotics
  • Rich Darling, President, Darling Geomatics
  • John Bradley, Founder, H2O Environmental Inc.
  • Devon Humphrey, CEO, Flightline Geographics LLC
  • Noon – 1:30 pmLunch In The Expo
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    1:30 pm – 1:45 pmThe Commercial Realities of the Current UAS Industry: Lessons Learned and Approaches That Work for All Sectors
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    From acquiring the appropriate certifications to finding the paying end-user client, these firms from the region offer an exclusive look into the business—good or bad—of the drone industry.
  • Ali Ahmed, CEO, Innovative UAS
  • 1:45 pm – 2:30 pmIllustrating The Investment: How States Can Effectively, Cost-Efficiently Address Integration of UAS
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    Adopting UAS pilot services or investing in drones and software at the state-level can be difficult for government sectors new to drones. Learn from these subject matter experts who’ve written a blueprint for state-run drone implementation efforts.
  • Dennis Zaklan, UAS Organization Consultant, New Mexico State University UAS Test Site
  • Darshan Divakaran, UAS Program Engineer, North Carolina Department of Transportation Division of Aviation
  • 2:30 pm – 3:30 pmUAS Technicalities: Considerations For Hardware, Software and Platform Performance From Established Southwestern UAS Teams
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    In UAS operations, details matter. These firms serve a niche segment of the industry but their input is invaluable in understanding emerging trends that could become issues or opportunities in the region and beyond.
  • Tom West, CEO, HFE International
  • Taylor Butterfield, Chief Operating Officer, Skytap Aero
  • Jay Schmidt, Executive Vice President, Silicon Forest Electronics
  • 3:30 pmSummit Adjourns
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