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Unmanned aircraft meeting to be held in September

The Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration will host the Alaska Unmanned Aircraft Systems Interest Group annual meeting Sept. 15-18 at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel.

The meeting is open to interested government, industry and private participants in the field of unmanned aircraft systems and robotics, as well as potential users from a variety of agencies, associations, institutions and commercial interests.

Registration is $350. Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available. The Anchorage Hilton has blocked rooms for the event at $190 a night, and the price will be available for conference attendees for several days before and after the meeting.

The 2014 workshop will provide a forum for civil, commercial and government technologists, engineers, UAS and National Airspace System users and stakeholders. On the first day, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will host a workshop on how it plans to use unmanned aircraft in monitoring rivers.

Other conference themes will include:

 -- A review of recent ACUASI and Pan-Pacific Unmanned Test Range Complex missions.
-- How Alaska, Oregon and Hawaii formed a partnership to establish the PPUTRC, the plans to make it a world-class Federal Aviation Administration test site, and how it envisions proposed operating fundamentals.
-- PPUTRC supporting role in FAA’s safe integration of UAS into the National Airspace System.
-- How Alaska leads in understanding government, industry and private UAS and robotics.
-- Discussion of how to explore and identify ways to work together to safely achieve common goals.
-- The potential impact on civil and commercial manned and unmanned aircraft activity in Alaska.
-- ACUASI’s role in expanding the use of UAS in education, research, science, natural resource management, arctic issues, natural disasters, emergency response, search and rescue and much more.

For more information, visit the meeting website at www.uasalaska.org. To register for the meeting, go to http://registration.gi.alaska.edu/conference/uas2014. Hotel registration is at http://bit.ly/1mTjswI or call 1-800-HILTONS and use code AUASIG.

ACUASI is part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute.

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