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Drone forum takes off

15 August 2018

International speaker in Drone Technology, Jim Coyne, will be this year’s presenter and MC.

This year’s Dalby Drone forum reaches new heights with internationally renowned speaker to host the event on 24 September.

Mr Jim Coyne is a former CASA Senior manager and Technical Director of UAS International and brings a wealth of specialised experience in the world of drones.

Mr Coyne will be speaking about the future demands for data gathering and crop management, and what innovations will be needed to meet this demand.

“When we look at agricultural regions such as in the Western Downs, drone technology is already replacing traditional aviation work,” Mr Coyne said.

“Future demand will drive drone innovation, which presents greater challenges and will in turn foster industry growth.”

Mr Coyne was the Australian representative and the former Co-Chair of the International Civil Aviation Organisation Unmanned Aircraft Systems Study Group from 2009 – 2014, where he helped steer the development of international standards for unmanned aircraft systems.

He was recently named in the top 50 most influential individuals in Asia’s UAS industry and is the co-author of Drones in Society – Exploring the strange new world of unmanned aircraft.

Other presenters at the Drone forum include Stefan Hrabar, Principal research Scientist and founding member of CSIRO’s Data61 Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group; Meg Kummerow, owner of Fly the Farm, a local business which focuses on finding the right drone solutions for farmers and agribusiness professionals; Loren Otto, the co-founder of AirBorn Insight, a technology company with a passion for extracting meaningful insights from drone data; and Jerome Leray, the Managing Director of artificial intelligence company InFarm.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Economic Development Councillor Donna Ashurst said that with drone technology advancing so rapidly, this forum provides the perfect opportunity to see what others are doing, and to look at future potential, particularly within the mining and agriculture industries.

“This forum is about exploring ground-breaking technology and embracing new innovations, in order to maximise the potential of drones in the Agricultural, Energy and Data connectivity areas – and beyond,” Cr Ashurst said.

“Dalby is becoming the forefront of drone innovation in regional Australia, with recent use including aerial crop surveying, collecting soil samples and capturing high-quality aerial footage.

“The forum is limited to 350 attendees, so I encourage anyone who is interested to register within the next week.”

On the four days following the forum, Dalby will once again host the internationally-recognised UAV Challenge Medical Express for University students and enthusiasts, and the Airborne Delivery Challenge for high school students, which will take place from 25 to 28 September 2018 at the Dalby Model Aero Club (DMAC).

For more information about the forum, please visit the webpage or the Facebook event page.

Event information:

Date: Monday 24 September
Time: 9am to 5pm
Venue: Dalby Leagues Club, Orpen St Dalby
Cost: Free to attend
Includes: Morning tea, lunch and afternoon drinks
Register: Via Council’s webpage at


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