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

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.

Register for the NC Drone Summit and Flight Expo today. 




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.

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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.


BIRDSiVIDEO, a nationwide team of the country's best specialty UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) service providers.

Drones are “in.” You’ve seen them in commercials, TV shows, your local Best Buy, and zipping around mall kiosks. But while the technology is more present than ever, its technical application only goes as far as the professionals behind it.


Ideal Blasting Supply Inc (founded in 1979) saw unmet needs for drilling and blasting professionals, and through several of our own inventions made life easier for commercial blasters.We then focused on helping our EOD / Bomb tech’s stay safe while performing their hazardous job. We have been the market leader in the blasting supply industry for over 38 years, and we will continue to support our customers in the future.



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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.