Past, present and future to be discussed at UAS Summit

Published: Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Summit, a two day dedicated conference taking place within the Dubai Airshow, has released its agenda for the event on the 14 and 15 November 2017. Covering the past, present and future of UAS within the aerospace industry, the conference will be moderated by Air Marshall Philip Sturley CB MBE RAF (Retd).

Unmanned Aerial Systems comprise the fastest growing sector of the aerospace industry, according to the Middle East magazine. The global market is predicted to more than double over the next decade, from the current figure of $5.2bn a year to $11.6bn by 2023.

Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global UAS market to grow at a CAGR of more than 10% by 2020. They cite its high-cost effectiveness and ease of operation in comparison to manned aircrafts for military and commercial applications as a major factor that propels the prospects for growth in this market. They note that the augmented demand for UASs from emerging markets, such as the Middle East and Asia, will result in this market’s strong growth during the forecast period.

Mohammed Ahli, Director General of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) will give the keynote presentation to open the two day conference. Panel format discussions throughout the day will include an in-depth perspective on regulations and registrations; future development and innovation in commercial operations and new aircraft technology integration for airspace management.

In addition, discussions will include optimising military technology to neutralise rogue commercial operations; and the future of UAS usage in the region which will look at specific steps to implement controls while encouraging progression. Captain Samir Saget of the UN World Food Programme and Esther Nidichu, Vice President for Public Affairs and Government relations at UPS will present ‘Drones for Good’, examining the role of UASs in the delivery and dissemination of aid in countries in need.

“The Dubai Airshow has always represented all aspects of the aerospace industry,” says Michele van Akelijen, Managing Director of show organisers Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East. “Unmanned aerial systems are growing in both popularity and deployment, which presents the industry with unique opportunities and of course challenges. The addition of the UAS Summit to the Dubai Airshow this year will give attendees the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of these, to share knowledge with their peers and learn from industry leaders. We are pleased to be bringing this new feature to the Dubai Airshow 2017.”

The UAS Summit will take place 14 and 15 November within a dedicated area within the Dubai Airshow, which runs 12-16 November. In addition to the conference, the UAS Pavilion exhibition zone will feature specific exhibitors within one area of the show for the five day event. To find out more or to book your involvement, please click here