Interdrone 2018 Daniel K. Elwell FAA

Interdrone 2018 just announced its keynote speaker — and it’s going to be big

Interdrone, one of the largest drone conferences in the U.S., just announced the keynote speaker for its 2018 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Adminstration Daniel K. Elwell will give the keynote presentation at this year’s conference on Sept. 5, which will be held at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas.

Daniel K. Elwell FAA Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration

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Elwell, former Air Force lieutenant general and former commercial airline pilot for American Airlines, took over the role of heading the FAA in January 2018.  Elwell replaced outgoing FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, whose term had expired after being tapped by former President Obama in 2013 to lead the agency.

He was previously a senior vice president for safety, security and operations with Airlines for America (A4A), the leading trade group representing most of the nation’s major airlines.

This is the third consecutive year that a representative from the FAA will give the grand keynote.

The other keynote announced so far for Interdrone 2018 will be led by Dr. Joseph Rios, the Chief Engineer for NASA’s UAS Traffic Management (UTM) project. Interdrone conference organizers say they expect to host about 15 keynotes total.

Interdrone 2018 is also set to include a Women in Drones luncheon, more than 110 workshops, panels or sessions, and a networking reception.

Interdrone saw a whopping 3,700 attendees in 2017, up about 10% in attendance from its 2016 conference.

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