Ohio makes big push at national drone conference

Ohio Sinclair Community College partners with Altavian

This post originally appeared on http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/blog/uas-dayton/2016/05/ohio-makes-big-push-at-national-drone-conference.html.

[Editor’s Note: Sinclair Community College, which offers drone training programs, announced an expanded partnership with Florida drone company, Altavian Inc.]

CHRIS RATCLIFFE | BLOOMBERG

Local businesses and organizations have made a big push to the national drone industry this week.

About 8,000 people converged in New Orleans this week at the global conference hosted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, with 600 companies and 55 countries represented. The XPONENTIAL 2016 conference comes as drones continue to emerge in the business world.

The conference is a chance to showcase technology and developments in the fast-growing world of commercial drones, which are quickly finding their way into the U.S. business world for everything from farming to law enforcement and other uses.

AUVSI has been a major proponent of the integration of drones into U.S. airspace, which is currently restricted by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Dayton region sent a number of companies and entities in a bid to play a role in the emerging multi-billion-dollar industry.:

“Ohio’s strong aviation industry makes the state a natural fit for UAS” said Maurice McDonaldDayton Development Coalition’s executive vice president for aerospace and defense. “From the very first UAS back in 1918, Ohio had led the way in creating an environment to support UAS training, research and development, manufacturing and testing.”

Among big happenings for local companies unveiled this week:

  • Sinclair Community College, which has been expanding drone training programs, announced it is expanding a partnership with Florida drone makers Altavian Inc., which is launching two more models. Sinclair is Altavian’s OEM training provider and will expand its course offerings in use of the new Altavian craft;
  • Dayton-based Section17, which provides education, training and simulation, launched a new set of online tools including processed weather data feeds. The product is expected to help students in pilot, UAS and other aviation training better work through the flight training process; and
  • Dayton Development Coalition announced Retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. James Poss, executive director of ASSURE, and Steve Pennington, director of bases, ranges, and air Space for the U.S. Air Force and executive director of the Policy Board on Federal Aviation, will be keynotes for Ohio’s own drones conference, UAS Midwest, which is coming to the Dayton Convention Center Aug. 16-17.
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