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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Developing the Market for UAVs

    Panel Discussion

    Developing the Market for UAVs

    Took place 14 August, 1330–1530 hrs


    John S. Langford
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
    Michael Neale
    RF System Design Manager, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems  
    David McBride
    Center Director, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center  
    Randy Willis
    Air Traffic Manager, Unmanned Aircraft systems Integration Office, FAA   
    Doug Marshall
    President, Truenorth Consulting LLC and Division Manager, UAS Regulatory and Standards Development, New Mexico State University  


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    Unmanned aerial vehicles offer tremendous potential to create benefits for the public, for the economy, and for technology advancement, especially if the introduction of these systems into the market proceeds in an orderly fashion. The topics covered by this panel include:

    • What are the opportunities for the UAV market in the U.S. and globally?
    • What critical issues – such as privacy, policy formation, regulation, operations, investment, and insurance – will affect the development of the market?
    • Is a new regulatory model required for UAVs?
    • How far can we push the technology?
    • How will increasing use of UAVs change the nature of aviation? Will the public accept UAVs?