Online Registration Closing Monday, August 5th 2019, after which On-site Registration will be available.

Whether you’re a student, a startup, or a leader in the field, now is your chance to become part of the conversation. Expand your network, grow your knowledge, and experience the best in unmanned aviation by attending the 2019 North Carolina Drone Summit and Flight Expo.

From First in Flight to the Cutting-Edge Discoveries of Tomorrow 


Onsite registration available


Online agenda available




As Executive Director of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Air Craft Systems Integration Office (AUS), Peter “Jay” Merkle is responsible for facilitating the FAA’s safe integration of drones into the National Airspace System.
Prior to joining AUS, Merkle served as Deputy Vice President (DVP) of the Program Management Organization within the Air Traffic Organization. As the DVP, he worked with FAA operations and aviation users to ensure globally interoperable solutions for NextGen.

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Dr. Marcus Johnson is a Deputy Lead for the NASA Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge and has also served as a Deputy Project Manager for the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) Project at the NASA Ames Research Center. He holds a doctorate in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida and his research interests focus on intelligent systems in aerospace applications and the integration of novel and new aircraft into the national airspace.


Brian Wynne is president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics. AUVSI represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in business and government and who work in the defense, civil, and commercial markets.


Mario leads sales, marketing, and government relations for DJI North America and international communications for DJI. Mario has represented global and start-up companies (Microsoft, Good Technology, Lenovo), and has served in public office. Mario focuses his time on IT Modernization (cloud, mobile, security, data protection) and what’s next on IT, and is a trusted counselor to C-level and Government leaders.


Brigadier General Todd Hunt has been the Director of Joint Staff, Joint Force Headquarters, North Carolina National Guard and Assistant Adjutant General for Maneuver since 2016. BG Hunt is also the Deputy Commanding General for US Army Aviation Center of Excellence located at Ft. Rucker, AL.


DJI is a global leader in developing and manufacturing civilian drones and aerial imaging technology for personal and professional use. DJI was founded and is run by people with a passion for remote-controlled helicopters and experts in flight-control technology and camera stabilization. The company is dedicated to making aerial photography and filmmaking equipment and platforms more accessible, reliable and easier to use for creators and innovators around the world. DJI’s global operations currently span across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and its revolutionary products and solutions have been chosen by customers in over 100 countries for applications in filmmaking, construction, inspection, emergency response, agriculture, conservation and many other industries. 


At senseFly we believe in using technology to make work safer and more efficient.

Our proven drone solutions simplify the collection and analysis of geospatial data, allowing professionals in surveying, agriculture, engineering and humanitarian aid to make better decisions, faster. senseFly was founded in 2009 and is the commercial drone subsidiary of Parrot Group.


It's in our DNA. It was there when we were founded back in 2011 and it's still a priority today.

We believe that R&D is key to push the boundaries of modern photogrammetry. Our team includes scientists, engineers, and photogrammetry specialists. Our team members don’t just contribute to our software. They contribute to the world’s scientific knowledge.



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This event demonstrated North Carolina’s proficiency in conducting novel drone flight operations. Together with industry and academia, NC DOT is pioneering the safe introduction of drones into the airspace for applications that benefit everyone.
— Dr. Thomas A. Edwards Chief Technology Officer Crown Consulting, Inc.