Amsterdam Drone Week will open alongside Intertraffic
This week, for the first time, Amsterdam Drone Week (ADW Hybrid) will be co-located with Intertraffic at Amsterdam RAI on the same dates (March 29 – April 1)
The partnership of the two events reflects the growing intersection between the worlds of traffic and city management and urban air mobility, with visitors invited to immerse themselves in both exhibits.
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ADW Hybrid will present international technical innovations and the application of drones, as well as the latest state of play around more uniform European legislation and regulations.
According to figures from the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (I&W), the number of drones and unmanned aircraft in the Netherlands has more than doubled since 2015.
The high-level drone conference organized by the European Aviation Safety Authority, EASA, will also take place during the ADW Hybrid. For three days, more than 250 experts will share the latest developments in urban air mobility and look to the future.
Urban air mobility action plan
At ADW Hybrid, various European cities that are part of the UIC2 partnership will be represented. Together they will discuss the universal regulation of unmanned air traffic by drones.
Low-level airspace is not yet part of urban mobility as we know it. Accordingly, airspace must be integrated into cities and regions. These cities include: Amsterdam, Enschede, Hamburg, Ingolstadt, Heerlen, Liège, Ljubljana, Stockholm, Madrid, Zaragoza, Porto and Bari.
In addition to the UIC2 members, there will also be representatives from the regions of Amsterdam, Bavaria, Paris and Poland. The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management sees many challenges when it comes to urban air mobility in our country.
On NL Drone Day (March 31), Jaco Stremler, Director of Aviation at the Ministry, will present the Unmanned Airtraffic Action Plan 2022-2023.
“In the Netherlands, drones are more frequently used for various purposes, think of agriculture, medical transport, water management, to bring medicine to the islands of the Wadden Sea or for missions search and rescue in the North Sea”, explains Goriska van Cooten. , head of the I&W Department’s Unmanned Air Traffic program.
remote areas and demonstrations
The American start-up Zipline, active in North America, Asia and Africa, will also be present at the event. Zipline sees ADW as a stepping stone to Europe. On the African continent, Zipline uses drones to deliver medicine to remote areas.
“Our ambition is to make the transport of products accessible to everyone. Not just for the rich. In Ghana and Rwanda, we are using our drones for good in transporting medicines. From next year, we want to do the same for Ivory Coast, Kenya and Nigeria,” says Anne Hilby, senior vice president of external affairs, Zipline.
Drones that will be used for blood transport (a collaboration between ANWB, KPN and Erasmus MC, PostNL, Sanquin and Avy) and Horyzn’s drone that is equipped with a defibrillator will also be presented at ADW Hybrid.
These drones will be included in flight demonstrations in the drone area in Hall 11 at RAI Amsterdam. In addition to this, there is a demonstration area where the latest unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be displayed.