Cape May UAS Conference Focuses on Business Potential of New Technology

Cape May, NJ – On October 13-14, 2016, nearly 200 people attended the 2nd Annual Cape May NJ UAS Conference, and heard from top federal legislative and regulatory officials, industry and academic experts, in a comprehensive two day conference agenda. Hosted by the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA), Cape May County, and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) - Liberty Chapter, the Cape May UAS Conference was held at the Cape May Convention Hall.

The Cape May NJ UAS Conference is a product of the growing collaboration between industry, academic and government partners in New Jersey to promote UAS innovation and integration at Cape May County Airport (KWWD). The conference provided educational programs and networking opportunities within the diverse UAS community to promote the continued growth of emerging technologies in New Jersey and the mid-Atlantic region.

Highlights of the conference included a drone race expo on the beach, a presentation on drone cinematography, and a Behind the Scenes Look at the Hughes Tech Center.

The 3rd Annual Cape May NJ UAS Conference is tentatively scheduled for October 18-20, 2017.

LoBiondo_Gibson1.jpg: U.S. House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Congressman Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02) and FAA Senior Advisor on UAS Integration Major General (Ret.) Marke ‘Hoot’ Gibson address more than 180 industry, business and governmental representatives at the Second Annual Cape May UAS Conference.

Conference_Panel1.jpg: Linking UAS Start-ups with End Users – (pictured left to right) Jeff Sassinsky, President of Fovea Aero Systems; Dr. Mark Contarino, VP of Technology, SubUAS; Cliff Johnson, FAA Research Engineer; and David Day, EVP of Keystone Aerial Surveys.

Drone Race Demo3.jpg: One of the highlights of Friday’s agenda was a drone race expo that took place on the beach behind Convention Hall and on Thursday evening, the Conference opened with a world premiere drone movie. Both were produced by Randy Scott Slavin, creator of the New York City Drone Film Festival and the Liberty Cup drone race.

UAS_Yak.jpg: Shelley Yak, Director of the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center concludes the conference with a behind-the-scenes look at the UAS projects and work taking place at the Tech Center.

ExhibitHall.jpg: Conference Exhibitors

About the Delaware River and Bay Authority
The DRBA, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, and the Forts Ferry Crossing. The DRBA also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All DRBA operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities. For more information, visit www.drba.net.

PDF of Release