“On behalf of the N.C. Department of Transportation Division of Aviation, I’d like to personally welcome you to Greensboro for the 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 invest in the aerospace sector. That spirit lives on today as we’ve become one of the national leaders in drones, implementing them across sectors as diverse as transportation, public safety and medicine.

We hope that by bringing you all here, it can provide a spark of innovation across the industry. The next few days will feature drone operators and industry insiders from around the world, and we hope you’re able to take advantage of the dozens of presentations, demonstrations, exhibitions and panels to expand your horizons. I want to 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 all learn from each other and make this a valuable experience for everyone in attendance.”

Bobby L. Walston, Director of Aviation N.C. Department of Transportation