Drone Fair to take off in the Greater Toronto Area



OSHAWA, Ont.— Drone races, hands-on workshops and conversations with drone experts and vendors— all are coming to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) gymnasiums on November 26 and 27.
 
Drone Fair Ontario—in partnership with the ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel at UOIT — brings together innovators and professional pilots for a two-day exhibition celebrating drone technology.
 
The theme of Drone Fair is Know before you fly, a message supported by Transport Canada, the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada and Unmanned Systems Canada.
 
Attendees can register for the DaVinci Challenge: Build a Drone Workshop run by Kashmir Robotics. This hands-on workshop will expose participants to science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics through critical thinking, on the spot decision making and teamwork. Teams will build and fly a state-of-the-art drone, through integration of power and propulsion, avionics, mission planning, autonomous mission training, and piloting. Spots are limited. Advanced registration is required.
 
The First Person View (FPV) Drone Race will feature top pilots from the Ontario FPV community.
 
Student teams from several Ontario post-secondary institutions will compete in a Drone build challenge based on problem solving, design and flight. The winning team will receive a $2,500 scholarship.
 
Drone popularity has increased dramatically in the last several years, with 4.3 million consumer drones valued at $1.7 billion sold worldwide in 2015 — by 2024, the drone industry is expected to generate $11.5 billion in sales.
 
“We’re seeing a huge growth in drone use commercially and recreationally,” says Declan Sweeney, Co-founder of Drone Fair. “It’s amazing what these machines can do to benefit society, but education is necessary to prevent any accidents.”
 
Sweeney says federal legislation is being drafted to coordinate the safe integration of this technology into our  national airspace.
 
“ACE at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology is leading the world in product validation and research related to safety and reliability of commercial drones,” says Don Toporowski, General Manager of the $100-million ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel and ACE Centre for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Research. “With this event, we want to share with the public the tremendous opportunities available with UAVs, and at the same time show how Canada can lead the way in research and development in this sector.”
 
General admission earlybird tickets are on sale for a limited time now for $20 and can be purchased online at dronefair.ca.

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