Held June 15, 2016   110 attendees

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Opportunities in Oregon’s Unmanned
Aircraft Systems Industry

June 15, 2016
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Reception follows

Columbia Aviation Association 
Aurora State Airport
14323 Stenbock Way, N.E.
Aurora, Oregon 97002
Purple Gate Entrance

Joint ORAVI / SOAR Conference on UAS

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) represent the most significant growth segment for aviation in Oregon and the region today. New opportunities abound!

If you are a UAS drone company, a supplier to aviation, an investor, an operator or support organization, then this is THE conference to attend.


12:30 Check-in begins
Check in, badges, agendas, socializing

1:00 Welcome and opening remarks
Jake Jacobs – Oregon Aviation Industries (ORAVI)
Executive Director, event emcee
Chuck Allen  - SOAR Oregon  Executive Director

1:15 Introduction of attendees

Talks are 10 minutes except for keynote and panels

1:45 Karmen Fore, State of Oregon Governor's Office
Senior Director for Federal/Regional Affairs and Transportation.
State's executive officer's view of UAS in Oregon.

2:00 Jon Damush, Insitu Vice President & General Manager Commercial UAS
Opportunities for growth. Insitu as a model for innovation and success; and the potentials in the commercial market for unmanned aircraft systems

2:20 Chuck Allen, SOAR Oregon Executive Director
UAS Industry overview
SOAR Programs and Operations

2:30 Oregon Test Ranges
Tillamook, Warm Springs, Pendleton
Moderator.  John Stevens, SOAR Operations Manager
Panel.  Tim Lachenmeier,  Aurolyn Stwyer, Steve Chrisman

3:00 to 3:30  --------Break---------30 minutes –
Enjoy excellent refreshments and networking time. Catered by Cutsforths. Mini tacos, cheese and fruit trays, veggie trays with ranch.. Soda, water, coffee.

3:30 Dave Hunt, Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC) President/CEO
Department of Defense and government opportunities in the UAS market

3:40 Mark Peters, OSU Director, Office of Research Integrity
Oregon State University’s UAS center of excellence|

3:50 John Stevens, SOAR Chief Operations Officer

New rules and plans just announced by the FAA in May 2016

4:00 Mark Gardiner, Oregon Department of Aviation Board Chair.
Manned and Unmanned aircraft in Oregon’s skies.

4:10 Mitch Swecker, Oregon Department of Aviation Director
Existing and proposed Oregon UAS bills

4:20 Brian Whiteside, AUVSI Cascade President. 
Commercial drone industry & VDOS-Global

4:30 Open Panel Q&A
An interactive session with a panel of UAS experts answering questions from the attendees. Moderator Jake Jacobs    

Panel: Mitch Swecker , Oregon Department of Aviation,   Brian Whiteside, AUVSI  Chuck Allen, SOAR Patrick Sherman, Roswell Flight Test Crew

5:00 - 6:00 Happy Hour Reception
Happy hour Gourmet refreshments, social time and networking.
Catered by Cutsforths.  Come hungry.  Pulled pork sandwiches with pickle spears, Elsies Potato salad, assorted chicken wings, dessert tray with brownies and lemon bars.  Wine, beer, soda, water, coffee.

Jake Jacobs
Executive Director
Oregon Aviation Industries






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