This is an issue literally flying in the face of the industry.
Unmanned aerial devices have piqued the interest of everyone from law enforcement to federal regulatory authorities to professional broadcasting. Just this week, federal regulators announced that recreational drone users must register their recreational drones in a national registry to prevent small, unmanned aircraft from compromising air safety. That follows news that a drone company has been fined $1.9 million by the FAA for unsanctioned flights. Add to that a report that found that U.S. airplane pilots are reporting more than a hundred sightings or close calls with drones every month.
It’s not a topic likely to fly off anytime soon.
As a result, the future of drone technology will be front and center for attendees of The National Drone Show at the upcoming Government Video Expo, set for Dec. 2-3 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. This burgeoning marketplace is expected to top more than $8 billion by 2018, with the commercial sector exceeding more than $5 billion.
The show will include two days of discussions and demos on the latest news in unmanned aerial video (UAV), including video capture, creation, management and delivery.
The future of drone technology will be front and center for attendees of The National Drone Show at the upcoming Government Video Expo.
A highlight of the show will be a Producer’s Panel on UAVs called “Rise of the Drones: A DMV’s Producer’s Panel for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.” Presented by the Television, Internet and Video Association of DC, a group of panelists will commandeer the Presentation Theater at 2:30 pm on the first day of the show to explore the use of drone technology for aerial cinematography and other emerging markets.
Use of UAVs have crosssed into myriad markets – from first responders to law enforcement to filmmaking. The panel will include a look at the capabilities that drones offer to filmmaking with comments from Brian J. Kelly, a director and producer with the production company Single Malt Media, who will talk about his role as a UAS-certified operator and how the technology has been used in his productions, which include commercials, documentary films and nonfiction television programming.
UAVs have piqued the interest of the federal government as well, and a UAV operator and producer for various gorenerment agencies – including the Department of Homeland Security and the Customer and Boarder Protection office – will be on hand. Mils Granholm, the co-foudner of CAVUS Media, a media services company, will talk about the ways he has used drone technology in his produtions.
The technology also has a fervent following in the consumer and business community. Christopher Vo, the president of the DC Area Drone User Group and the drone and robotics program manger for AES, will talk about using drones and robotics in these two arenas.
No discussion on UAVs would be complete without seeing them in action. The show will also feature a Drone Flying Cage. Instructors from Unmanned Vehicle University, a program that offers graduate degree programs in unmanned systems engineering, will conduct drone-operating demonstrations in the Flying Cage.
The Drone show is being sponsored by Stampede, a provider of pro A/V solutions. More information on the Drone Show can be found at www.gvexpo.com/the-drone-show.com