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Drones Testing at Joint Base Cape Cod – December 2015 First Friday

December 4, 2015 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am

December, 2015 First Friday Breakfast to focus on Current and Future Use, Impact and Development of Drones (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) and Testing at Joint Base Cape Cod

Kevin Sareault, Vice President of Unmanned Programs for AVWatch, Inc., in Plymouth, MA will look at the current state of drones (unmanned aircraft systems), what he sees in development of the technology, and how he views the real impact of “drones” on the future — it won’t likely be necessarily just what the Amazons, Googles, and other high-tech companies envision.

Kevin will review what he expects to be the real impact of drones – broad uses commercially, in search and rescue, added military and industrial applications, as well as those by businesses, medical services, local and state governments, and in many other areas. The presentation at the Cape Cod Technology Council’s December First Friday breakfast will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Friday, December 4, 2015 at the Hyannis Golf Club on Route 132, Hyannis. The event is open to the public.

AVWatch is the company chosen to operate and manage the Massachusetts Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Ranges at Joint Base Cape Cod (JBCC) on the Upper Cape. A current focus is a study to develop safe standards for integration of drones into U.S. airspace for the Federal Aviation Administration. MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency which works to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth, selected the Plymouth company to operate and manage the test ranges. The ranges will also be deployed for use by commercial companies to evaluate expanded applications of drones.

The UAS industry is projected to create an estimated 70,000 new jobs nationwide by 2017 and more than 100,000 by 2025. Total U.S. economic impact of the UAS industry will reach $82 billion by 2025 according to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.

At AVWatch Kevin is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s various UAS programs, including the operation and management of the Massachusetts UAS Test Center (MA UASTC). The MA UASTC is part of the Northeast Unmanned Aircraft Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR), one of six FAA designated UAS Test Sites in the United States charged with conducting research to safely advance the integration of UAS into the National Airspace System.

Kevin, a former U.S. Coast Guard officer and helicopter pilot, retired as a Captain after 26 years of service, his last military assignment as Chief of Incident Management for the 1st Coast Guard District, in Boston, MA. In this capacity he was responsible for Search and Rescue, Marine Environmental Response and All Hazard contingency preparedness across eight states in the Northeast including over 2,000 miles of Coastline from the U.S.-Canadian border to northern New Jersey and 1,300 miles offshore.

As a Coast Guard Aviator, he logged over 4400 flight hours flying Search and Rescue and Homeland Security missions, including multiple tours in Alaska, a tour as a Flight Examiner with the service’s HH-60J Standardization Team and as an Exchange Officer to the Royal Navy. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a M.S. in Instructional Systems Design from the University of South Alabama, and is an FAA Commercial Rated Pilot in both Fixed and Rotary wing aircraft.


December 4, 2015
8:30 am - 10:30 am
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Hyannis Golf Course
1840 Iyannough Rd
Hyannis, MA 02601 United States
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