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Aviation conference takes flight in Phoenix area to discuss employment, drones

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PHOENIX — Some of the most influential members of the aviation industry will be in the metro Phoenix area this week to discuss industry-related topics such as the employment rate and drones.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is holding its 3rd Annual Aviation, Aeronautics and Aerospace International Research Conference starting Thursday in Chandler, Arizona.

While experts will discuss a wide range of topics from the aviation employment shortage to commercial space emergence, Embry-Riddle officials said drones and unmanned aircrafts are set to be one of the most talked about topics.

“It is going to focus on safety and security especially the security of these devices that actually have to be monitored for the safety of the entire public,” Dr. Brent Bowen, dean of the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, said.

Bowen said there will be expert presentations, panel discussions and a number of demonstrations with new and emerging technology.

“We are going to have students there demonstrating the heavy lift part of drone technology and we are going to demonstrate a drone taking over another drone,” he said.

This year’s conference comes just after Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University was ranked No.1 in the nation on the U.S. News & World Report’s list of top online educators.

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