On behalf of the N.C. Department of Transportation Division of Aviation, I’d like to personally welcome you to Greensboro for the 2019 North Carolina Drone Summit and Flight Expo!
Ever since the Wright Brothers first took flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolinians have harbored an unmatched drive to innovate and invent in the aerospace sector. Today, we continue that sprit through our work and success in unmanned aviation. Our Summit brings together some of the great minds in the field to foster continued growth and innovation.
The past year has been a year of firsts for North Carolina drone innovations that benefit the lives of North Carolinians and our nation. We launched the nation’s first, regular, for-revenue drones delivery flights of any kind transporting blood samples across WakeMed Health and Hospitals’ Raleigh, N.C campus. During and after Hurricane Florence, we revolutionized the ways drones can be used to inform decision makers during emergencies and help keep the traveling public safe.
The next few days will feature drone operators and industry influencers from around the world, and we hope you’re able to take advantage of the dozens of presentations, demonstrations, exhibitions and discussions to expand your, and your organizations, horizons.
Thank you for bringing your knowledge and experience to our state for these three days. I ask that you remain an active and engaged participant throughout the Summit, sharing your insights and expertise so that we can learn from each other and continue advancing drone innovation and integration to benefit those we serve.
Bobby L. Walston, Director of Aviation N.C. Department of Transportation