Looking for an excuse to go on a vacation? One of these summer 2022 drone events might be your ticket.
Happily for travel lovers, social butterflies, or just anyone who is itching to get out of their homes, summer 2022 drone events are here in full force.
I’ve separately outlined the biggest drone events for the second half of 2022, but biggest doesn’t necessarily mean the best. Between drone light shows, BVLOS flight demos and more there are some smaller-scale, fascinating events set to take place this summer around the U.S.
So with that, here are the U.S.-based drone events I’m most looking to seeing (or at least reading about) this summer:
BVLOS Demo Day: July 1
The drone teams over at University of Reno Nevada, Censys Technologies and Iris Automation are coming together on Friday, July 1 to put on an epic BVLOS drone demonstration.
The demo, which is open to anyone in the public interested in drones, is set to highlight technologies including Censys Technologies’ Sentaero BVLOS, Sentourion Mobile Command Center, CensWise Vegetation Management Software, and Iris Automation Casia I (Onboard Detect and Avoid) and Casia G (Ground-based) Aircraft Detection Technology.
The demo will be held on Friday, Jul 1 between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Reno-Stead Airport. The event organizers do ask that you RSVP in advance. To do that, contact either Iris’s Lori DeMatteis at Lori.DeMatteis@irisonboard.com or UNR’s Mark Genung at MGenung@unr.edu.
The state of Nevada has put the drone industry in a pretty interesting, well, state. It is just one of seven designated states by the Federal Aviation Administration dedicated to the development and testing of drones. With that, Nevada Autonomous manages Nevada’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site, which enables such operations.
Alameda County Fair: Now through July 8
Pleasanton, California (located in the San Francisco Bay Area)
For those of you living in or near Silicon Valley, don’t miss this year’s Alameda County Fair. That’s because the fair will host a new nightly light show every evening, viewable via the skies over the grandstands.
The drone show is free to view with your fair ticket, which is $18 for general admission.
APAC UTM Summit: July 12
It’s geared toward Asia and other countries around the Pacific, but since this one is a virtual event, I’ll include it here. The APAC UTM Summit marks the second Harmonized Skies event of 2022, and is set to run online from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. JT on July 12.
Tune in to hear from policymakers and key industry stakeholders from five key markets: Japan, Australia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, and India. Each of those countries has held especial importance to the drone industry. For example, Australia has been a home for many drone delivery tests (particular those of Google-sibling Wing). Meanwhile, Singapore’s government is considered to be the most prepared for widespread drone adoption, according to industry experts.
Commercial UAV Expo: September 6-8
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Commercial UAV Expo claims to be the world’s leading commercial drone trade show and conference. It will run immediately after Labor Day, set for September 6 – 8, 2022 at Caesars Forum in Las Vegas.
Its organizers say you can expect to see more than 200 companies exhibiting on its show floor, including Amazon Prime Air, Skydio and DJI. The conference will also host a Startup Pavilion, University Pavilion, flight demos, workshops, happy hours, networking receptions, and educational programming.
Interdrone: September 29-October 1
Brooklyn, New York
Interdrone, the former massive drone conference usually held in Vegas, has undergone a major overhaul and rebrand. These days, InterDrone lives under Create NYC, which bills itself as a “3-day immersive experience for visual storytellers.” It’s geared toward photographers, and looks set to be a great fit for drone creatives interested in photography, cinematography, videography, and content creation.
The event will run from September 29 to October 1, 2022 at the Duggal Greenhouse in New York’s Brooklyn Navy Yard.
And while I hope this page was helpful in finding fun, summer 2022 drone events around the U.S., I also recommend you visit the DJI Events page, which is a handy guide to in-person and virtual drone events around the world.