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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

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    Detailed Program

    Detailed Program (as of 22 March 2013)

    Day 1 – Tuesday, 26 March 2013

    1300 hrs – Registration opens


    1545 hrs – Welcome and Opening Remarks

    • Sandy Magnus, Executive Director, AIAA
    • California State Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, Vice Chair of the Committee on Budget 


    1600 hrs – Remarks

    • Richard Christiansen, Vice President, Sierra Lobo, Inc.
    • David Kennedy, Project Manager, Aircraft Crash Safety Test (BBC/National Geographic)


    1645 hrs – Opening Reception


    1745 hrs – Opening Session Dinner 

    •  Keith Ballenger, Assistant Manager, Flight Standards Division, Federal Aviation Administration


    1930 hrs – Adjournment

    Day 2 – Wednesday, 27 March 2013

    0800 hrs – Registration opens


    0900 hrs – Breakfast

    • Janis Pamiljans, Vice-President and General Manager, Unmanned Air Systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
      California’s Leadership in UAVs: The View from 60,000 Feet


    1030 hrs – Panel Discussion – State and Local Government Opportunities for Economic Development, Job Creation, and Education in the UAV Industry

    • California State Senator Steve Knight, Chair on the Defense and Aerospace Select Committee (Moderator)
    • Bill Buratto, President and CEO, Ventura County Economic Development Association
    • Todd McNamee, Director of Airports for Ventura County 
    • Richard Rush, President, California State University, Channel Islands 


    1200 hrs – Lunch


    1330 hrs – Panel Discussion - Public Safety – Future of UAVs for Law Enforcement, Fire, Emergency Management, Border Patrol, First Responders

    • Geoff Dean, Sheriff of Ventura County
    • Bob Roper, Fire Chief, Ventura County (Retired)
    • Scott Brewer, Deputy Director of Operations, Center for Asymmetric Warfare
    • Kristen Helsel, VP for Public Safety UAS, AeroVironment


    1500 hrs – Remarks

    • David D. McBride, Director, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center 
      NASA's Role in Integration of UAVs


    1600 hrs – Panel Discussion - Current and Future Innovative Use of UAVs in Commercial Applications (Communications, Agriculture, Filmmaking, etc.)

    • California State Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, Vice Chair of the Committee on Budget (Moderator)
    • Mike Francis, Chief, Advanced Programs, United Technologies Research Center
    • Michael Toscano, President and CEO, AUVSI
    • Henry Gonzales, Agriculture Commissioner, Ventura County (invited)

    1730 hrs – Closing Reception

    • Hosted by California State Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, Vice Chair of the Committee on Budget
    • Remarks by California Space Enterprise Center

    1830 hrs – Adjournment


    Day 3 – Thursday, 28 March 2013

    0830 hrs – Continental breakfast


    0900 hrs – Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Tour. Board buses. Tour of static displays and working lunch in hangar


    1415 hrs – Arrival at Westlake Hyatt from NBVC. Conference Adjourned.