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2017 NZ UAV Industry Conference

Drones for business success

This article was published on 23 November 2016

New Zealand’s third national UAV Industry Conference will be held on 13-14 February 2017 at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

NZ UAV Conference 2017

Presented by Callaghan Innovation and UAVNZ, and building on the success of the “Shared Skies” Symposium, the 2017 conference to be the most significant and important event for the NZ UAV industry to date.

Conference programme

The conference will feature presentations from the Civil Aviation Authority, Airways Corporation, UAVNZ, Flirtey, Massey University, the NZ Fire Service, and the NASA UAS Traffic Management project on topics such as:

  • agricultural applications
  • emergency response
  • aerial ecology
  • survey and asset management
  • CAA processes
  • health & safety
  • remote sensing
  • aircraft technology
  • aviation insurance
  • land owner, and
  • manned aviation perspectives.

Speakers include the Minister of Transport (Hon Simon Bridges), the Director of Civil Aviation (Graeme Harris), and Airways Corporation GM Operations (Pauline Lamb).

There will also be a special key note address from NASA’s Dr Parimal Kopardekar. A past recipient of a NASA Ames Honour Award for Engineer of the Year (2003), and Principal Investigator on the UTM project Dr Kopardekar leads NASA's research into enabling large-scale low altitude UAV operations in the US airspace system. Dr Kopardekar will discuss research on geo-fencing, airspace corridors, separation and collision avoidance, future trends and implications for the New Zealand UAV industry.


Auckland University of Technology
Wellesley Street East
Auckland, New Zealand


• Individual registration fee is $200.00 (excl GST)
• Full-time tertiary students will be $100.00 (excl GST).

Register now to attend

Places are limited, so register now online to attend.

Further information

Visit the conference website for more details: 2017 NZ UAV Conference