UAS Industry Days 2015

NUAIR Alliance and Empire State Chapter of AUVSI Second Annual UAS Industry Days: Collaboration for Innovation

Held September 22-23, 2015 at the NUAIR Alliance hangar and at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino Events Center in New York, This conference offered speakers, exhibitors, flight demonstrations, and networking opportunities.

Photos from the event can be found in our UAS Industry Days 2015 Photo album.

Captured below are the interviews we conducted with speakers, attendees, and exhibitors. Those are followed by the presentations delivered at the conference.


Anthony Yackovich

Representing Spectracom.

Spectracom manufactures GNSS signal management equipment, and is a local company expanding their business into the unmanned market. [Download]

Thomas Washington

Manager of Flight Test Operations, Aurora Flight Sciences.

We talk about the Centaur optionally piloted aircraft which was tested previously at Griffiss for their unmanned flight test campaign. [Download]

John Reade

Computer Scientist at Quanterion.

John is working with AFRL (Air Force Research Laboratory) and two Desert Hawk III UAVs from Lockheed Martin to do collision avoidance testing in the “triangle” at Griffiss. Also, Quanterion’s subcontractor Agent Technology Center has developed simulation software that evaluates the interactions of manned and unmanned aircraft in shared airspace. [Download]

Col Mike Smith

Assistant Vice Commander of Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, 174th Attack Wing.

The MQ-9 is a Remotely Piloted Aircraft, not a drone as there is always a pilot. The MQ-9 was developed for the military, and now the need is to integrate them into the national airspace. Sense and avoid is the focus now. [Download]

Rose Mooney

Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership.

MAAP is the Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey UAS Test Site focusing on safety research for airspace integration. MAAP is working with a number of newsgathering organizations on that application, as well as package delivery for remote-area medical, cyber security and beyond visual line-of-sight. [Download]

Bill Neely

Technology & Business Risk Specialist, OneGroup, Bailey & Haskell Insurance.

A full-service brokerage firm helping the commercial UAS industry secure insurance. We talk about the lack of actuarial data and pricing the policy to the particular situation. [Download]

Kevin Seely

Axon Cable.

Axon produces reliable commercial-grade wire, couplers, and harnesses for aerospace applications, now including UAS applications. Axon has a few success stories in the unmanned market, but like many others, they anticipate future growth. [Download]

Aubrey Anderson

Engineering Project Manager, ULC Robotics.

ULC Robotics is a research and development company specializing in custom robotics systems for the utility and energy industry, such as pipeline inspection applications. Aubrey is looking to extend their services from crawlers inside pipelines to drones above pipelines. [Download]

Heidi Williams Walker

Project Management and Planning Operations Senior Staff, Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions Civil.

Lockheed Martin developed and deployed safety and situational awareness tools within the Flight Services infrastructure. Similar to manned flight plans, they created unmanned operating areas. UAS operators input information that is made available to the manned community. Maps show a graphical representation of unmanned operations in the NAS. [Download]

Jeff Kulikowsky

Reporter, NewsChannel 9 ABC, WSYR Syracuse, New York.

Jeff wants to understand the topics he reports on, but he also has an interest in how the developing UAS industry affects the region. Of course, Jeff is also interested in how UAS can change news gathering. [Download]

Larry Brinker

Executive Director and General Counsel, NUAIR Alliance.

Larry, David, and Max review the conference.[Download]


Lisa Ellman (Keynote)

Partner and Co-chair of Global Unmanned Aircraft Systems Practice Group, Hogan Lovells. [Download]

Mark Aitken

Manager, Federal Government Regulations, AUVSI. [Download]

Col Mike Smith

Assistant Vice Commander of Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, 174th Attack Wing. [Download]

Rep. Richard Hanna

22nd Congressional District; Member, Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee [Download]

Rep. Frank LoBiondo

2nd Congressional District; Chairman, Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee; Member, Armed Services Committee, Select Committee on Intelligence.  [Download]

Dr. Victor Skormin

Distinguished Service Professor of Electrical Engineering, Binghamton University; Director, Center for Advanced Information Technologies. [Download]

Agriculture Panel: Opportunities and Challenges in Precision Agriculture

RJ Karney – Director of Congressional Relations, American Farm Bureau Federation
Dr. Elson Shields – Professor of Entomology, Cornell University. [Download]

Christian Ramsey

Program Manager of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Programs, Harris on Symphony RangeVue detect and avoid for airspace situational awareness tool for UAS test range operations. [Download]

Public Safety Panel

Robert M. Maciol – Sheriff, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office
Kevin WiselyDeputy Commissioner, Emergency Services; Director, Office of Emergency Management, New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. [Download]

Arland Whitfield

Founder and President, The Skyworks Project. Drones in the Entertainment Industry. [Download]

Lawrence Brinker (Concluding Remarks)

Executive Director and General Counsel, NUAIR Alliance.[Download]