Unmanned Aircraft Systems conference returns to the Miami Valley

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Ohio Unmanned Aircraft Systems Conference returns to the Miami Valley.

The Dayton Development Coalition kicked off the event Tuesday.

Organizers say the Dayton Area is at the forefront of aviation and coming back was the obvious choice.

“So what we have done here is developed a competition for university level that the Air Force research laboratory, the Air Force Institute of Technology are hosting that’s also tied to the conference,” said Maurice McDonald, Executive Vice President for Aerospace, Space and Defense for the Dayton Development collation.

“I’ve been working on This project for about three months,” said Logan Cole from East Carolina university. “This is my first project using drones.”

Now Cole and his partner get to showcase their unmanned aircraft here at the Ohio Unmanned Aircraft Systems Conference at the Dayton Convention Center.

Those who attended also got to sit and listen to speakers from both Government and industry who discussed the fast changing unmanned industry.

More than 700 came to the conference Tuesday, which organizers say is a higher attendance number than ever before.

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