2017 – UCA Italy

On November 23, 2017, the 5th edition of the global Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference took place at Rivalta di Torino, Italy. This conference organized by Jakajima was hosted by Avio Aero, a GE Aviation business which operates in the design, additive and traditional manufacture and maintenance of aeronautics engines. The event was supported by Platform Unmanned Cargo Aircraft.

The conference focused on UCA development projects, business models and potential applications.

During the conference, internationally renowned speakers from Avio Aero, International Transport Forum of OECD, German Aerospace Center, Unifly, Platform Unmanned Cargo Aircraft, Nimbus, Aha and Watify introduced UCA development projects and potential applications.

The titles of the presentations included: A policy perspective on the deployment of UCA | UTM, a key enabler for umanned cargo transportation | Unmanned Low-altitude Air Cargo: Towards Demonstration With A Specific Operational Risk Assessment | BVLOS drone delivery network in Reykjavik | Metaplano – Innovative Concept of Unmanned Cargo Aircraft and many more.

Below you can see the program of the conference:

9:00 9:30 Welcome and Registration
9:30 9:35 Pieter Hermans jakajima Opening, Moderator Pieter Hermans, Jakajima, More information Jakajima
9:35 9:45 Welcome and official opening, Riccardo Procacci, President & Chief Executive Officer, Avio Aero, More information
Avio Aero program
9:45 10:15 Paolo Salvetti Paolo Salvetti, Sales Director, Product Growth Leader Military Advanced Turboprop, Avio Aero, on “UCA: preliminary Market Assessment & Business Model”, More information Avio Aero program
10:15 10:45 Hans HEerkens Hans Heerkens, Assistant Professor, University of Twente / Chairman, Platform Unmanned Cargo Aircraft, The Netherlands, More information; Read the interview PUCA
10:45 11:30 Break and Coffee
11:30 12:00 Alain Lumbroso Alain Lumbroso, Economist, International Transport Forum of OECD, on “A policy perspective on the deployment of UCA”, More information
12:00 12:30 Koen Meuleman Koen Meuleman, Co-Founder & CFO, Unifly, Belgium, on “UTM, a key enabler for umanned cargo transportation”, More information unifly logo
12:30 14:00 Break and Lunch
14:00 14:30 Raffaello CesoniCristina Ballesio Raffaello Cesoni, Business Development Engineer, Nimbus

Cristina Ballesio, Technical Engineer, Nimbus,
on “An innovative Concept of Unmanned Cargo Aircraft”
More information

Paolo Bellezza Quater program
14:30 15:00 Maron Kristofersson Maron Kristófersson, CEO, Aha, Iceland, on “If we can make it (work) here, we’ll make it anywhere…”, More information aha
15:00 15:30 Break and Drinks
15:30 16:00 florian adolf program Florian-Michael Adolf, Researcher, Team Lead, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany, on “Unmanned Low-altitude Air Cargo – Towards Demonstration With A Specific Operational Risk Assessment”, More information
16:00 16:30 Donatello Gianni Donatello Gianni, President, U-Avitalia, Italy, on “First flight and real project for future development of Cargo UAV by RTI U-AVITALIA / PIAGGIO AEROSPACE / BCUBE in partnership with ENAC, the Civil Aviation Authority of Italy”, More information U-AVITALIA program
16:30 17:00 Eleonora Zoboli Eleonora Zoboli, Consultant, Watify Consortium Representative, Watify Campaign, on “The Watify Campaign for the modernisation of European industry; opportunities of involvement for unmanned cargo aircraft institutional and business players”, Read more watify
17:00 End of Conference