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Unmanned aircraft systems group in Dayton in ‘14

The third-annual Ohio Unmanned Aircraft Systems Conference will return to the region in August 2014.

The Ohio UAS conference, scheduled for Aug. 26 through 28, will span the Dayton Convention Center and Sinclair Community College.

The 2014 conference, hosted by the Dayton Development Coalition in collaboration with the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Council, will continue to convene industry experts, key officials and representatives from government and industry to examine the fast changing unmanned industry, organizers said.

“The entire industry is gaining momentum and this conference is an incredible opportunity for the Dayton Region to influence the direction of unmanned systems,” Maurice “Mo” McDonald, Aerospace and Defense Conference chairman and executive vice president, said in a statement to media released Monday.

The conference also plans to continue UAS training sessions during the gathering. From geospatial data analysis to current federal standards and regulations regarding UAS operations, Sinclair is regarded as a pathfinder for UAS training, organizers said.

“UAS continues to be a dynamic and fast-changing industry,” Sinclair President Steve Johnson said in the same statement issued to media. “Sinclair is excited to be a part of the team that is working both to train the talent that the UAS industry will require and to serve as a partner in the Ohio UAS conference,” he said.

This week, the state and the region will join forces in Washington, D.C., at North America’s largest gathering of UAS-related organizations — the Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference. AUVSI is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to advancing unmanned systems, with a membership of more than 6,000 individuals representing more than 2,200 companies from 55 countries, according to the Dayton Development Coalition.

Representatives from the development coalition, the city of Springfield, Clinton County Port Authority, JobsOhio West, the Ohio/Indiana UAS Center, Sinclair, SelectTech, Techsolve, the University of Dayton, and Wright State University will staff a booth that showcases the state’s multifaceted UAS industry under one voice.

“Our goal at AUVSI is to promote the strengths and assets of Ohio to companies looking to grow and expand in this market,” said Scott Koorndyk, development coalition chief operating officer.

“From our robust supply chain, world-class UAS research and attractive business climate, Ohio is the perfect place for a UAS company to grow and thrive,” Koorndyk said.

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