UAVNZ Symposium

UAVNZ Symposium 2024

Held at the AIANZ Annual Conference 2024, Te Pae Convention Centre, Christchurch, 26 & 27 August 2024

This year, UAVNZ is holding its annual in-person symposium on the afternoons of 26 and 27 August 2024 at the Aviation Industry Association Conference 2024.

The event will be an excellent opportunity for those working the commercial UAV industry to network with like-minded individuals, learn about recent developments, and contribute towards the future of commercial drone operations. The colocation with the wider Aviation Industry Association conference also gives unique opportunities to meet with other aviation professionals, and offers potential synergies for sponsors who may want to profile themselves to the wider aviation industry.


Monday 26 August 2024

1330 Welcome by UAVNZ Chair Dr Isaac Henderson

1335 Global UAV market: An overview. Sponsored by SwissDrones.
Speakers to be confirmed

1415 Violence and aggression against drone operators
Research presentation from Claire Walton (Massey University)

1500 Afternoon Tea in Exhibition Hall

1530 How do we address the issue of violence and aggression against drone operators?
Panel discussion involving Claire Walton, and 2-3 other panelists (to be confirmed)

1615 The cost of not doing maintenance
Panelists: Chris Robertson (Fenix UAS), Chris Jackson (Jackson UAS), and Dan Morton (Ferntech)

Tuesday 27 August 2024

1330 Assessing and managing risk
Panel presentations and discussion from Dr Andrew Shelley (Fenix UAS) and two other presenters (to be confirmed)

1415 What if drones came first? UTM in airspace – Sponsored by Airshare
Panel presentations and discussion from three presenters (yet to be confirmed)

1500 Afternoon tea in Exhibition Hall

1530 Incident review meeting (UAV specific)
Incidents presented from Scott Spooner (SPS Automation), Chris Jackson (Jackson UAS), and two other presenters (to be confirmed). Followed by open invitation to for attendees share experiences that we can all learn from to improve safety.

NB: Closed session, excluding government officials or insurers.

1645 Conference Closing Remarks

UAVNZ Symposium at the AIANZ Annual Conference

This AIANZ Conference promises to be an immersive experience, offering invaluable insights, networking opportunities, and expert-led discussions that shape the future of aviation. Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, Sunday 25 to Tuesday 27 August 2024.

Meet Influential Figures: The AIANZ Conference is a rare chance for commercial operators to interact directly with the Minister of Transport and the Director of the Civil Aviation Authority. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with key decision-makers and share your insights on improving aviation practices.

Stay Ahead of Regulations: With the new Civil Aviation Act set to come into force by 2025, attending the 2024 AIANZ Conference is crucial for staying informed about upcoming regulatory changes. Join discussions with fellow operators to strategize and adapt to new requirements collectively.

Harness Collective Wisdom: At AIANZ, we believe in the power of collective wisdom. By participating in our conference, you’ll have access to a wealth of industry expertise and insights. Together, we can navigate challenges and seize opportunities for the greater good of the aviation community. Don’t miss out on this unparalleled opportunity to connect, learn, and shape the future of aviation.

We encourage you to sign up for the full AIANZ Conference, which includes the UAVNZ Symposium.

Earlybird tickets available until July 15, so book your place today!

If you wish to register for the UAVNZ Symposium only, register using the form below.

UAVNZ Symposium Registrations (does not include conference attendance)

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Sponsorship Opportunities

We are seeking sponsors to help reduce the costs of hosting such an event and to help support the ongoing work of UAVNZ and AIANZ in advocating for the uncrewed aerospace sector in New Zealand. This will be a good opportunity to profile your brand/products in front of commercial operators. If you are interested in a sponsorship opportunity contact Isaac Henderson here.