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TAAC Conference to focus on unmanned aerial systems

Representatives of federal agencies, private industry and educational institutions will gather in New Mexico Dec. 4-7 for a wide-ranging conference on unmanned aerial systems, sponsored by the Technical Analysis and Applications Center (TAAC) of New Mexico State University's Physical Science Laboratory.


The 8th Annual TAAC Conference will be held at the Tamaya Hyatt Regency Resort, located on the Santa Ana Pueblo north of Albuquerque.

Dyke Weatherington, deputy of the Unmanned Aerial Systems Planning Task Force in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, is this year's conference chair and keynote speaker. The keynote address is scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6.

A reception on the evening of Dec. 4 will kick off the conference. Classified sessions, limited to U.S. citizens with appropriate clearances, will be held on Dec. 5 at a classified facility. There are no restrictions for the general sessions Dec. 6 and 7.

Topics for the general sessions will include sense-and-avoid technologies for unmanned aircraft, test standards for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) pilots, integration of UAS into civilian airspace, the FAA perspective, and other UAS developments and issues.

The featured speaker on Dec. 7 will be retired Maj. Gen. Michael Kostelnik, the assistant commissioner for the Office of CBP Air and Marine, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. His presentation is scheduled for 8 a.m.

For information on registration fees and procedures, contact Diana Kovar, NMSU's conference coordinator, at (505) 646-6091 or go to the conference Web site at http://www.psl.nmsu.edu/uav/conferences/2006/.

The TAAC Conference, now in its eighth year, is consistently rated as an excellent venue for networking opportunities for public and private entities involved in the development of UAS.

NMSU's Physical Science Laboratory established the UAS Technical Analysis and Applications Center in 1999 with the mission to promote safe integration of UAS in the National Airspace System.

The TAAC is a one-stop shop for critical technologies testing, routine flight operations, certification and regulatory research and validation, and planning for worldwide operations. Training is provided for UAS operators, payload operators and maintainers.

More information about TAAC is on the Web at http://www.psl.nmsu.edu/uav/.

Nov. 3, 2006
Karl Hill