Former FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, now a Senior Advisor at Macquarie Capital, joins other drone industry leaders on the Industry Advisory Board of InterDrone, the world’s largest commercial drone conference.

The show’s new owners, Emerald Expositions, has built an impressive resource. “The board consists of 19 members from industry-leading companies to analysts, and former FAA employees and administrators, including Michael Huerta,” says the announcement.  Other members include representatives from major companies in the industry like PrecisionHawk, AT&T, Aerovironment, and DJI.   “The board will assist conference organizers with program development and speaker selection to ensure the most comprehensive schedule of commercial drone training during this year’s conference,” InterDrone says. (Registration is now open for InterDrone 2018, which will be held at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas from September 5-7, 2018.)

“InterDrone’s Industry Advisory Board features some of the most respected and esteemed members of the commercial drone industry and their knowledge, guidance, and expertise will be an invaluable asset as we develop programming for this year’s conference,” said Ted Bahr, chairman of InterDrone.

“Unmanned aircraft systems represent one of the most innovative and fastest growing segments in aviation and aerospace,” says Huerta.“Every day new possibilities present themselves and the future is very bright. The industry needs to continue to work with policy makers to foster innovation while at the same time ensuring safety and security.”

Other InterDrone Advisory Board members include Marke “Hoot” Gibson, former Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) senior adviser on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and current CEO of NUAIR Alliance, Jim Williams, former manager of the FAA’s UAS Integration Office and founder of JHW Unmanned Solutions, and Art Pregler, UAS Program Director at AT&T.  Full bios of all board members can be viewed at

InterDrone also announced its Call for Speakers for the 2018 conference is now open.  Proposals for 60-minute sessions (or two-part, 120-minute sessions) as well as panelists for pre-determined panel topics are now being accepted. To learn more and submit a proposal, visit InterDrone’s Speaker Resource page.

Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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