New Unmanned Aircrafts Transforming Aviation Seminar

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Provided by City of Manassas

Learn how Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are transforming the aviation industry during a free Manassas Regional Airport seminar on July 7, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. in the Airport’s main terminal building.  Registration is required at

Speakers will discuss how both airports and communities should prepare for this new technology and its potential benefits, and how this technology will integrate into current and future air travel. They include:

  • John Campbell, Director of the Virginia Department of Aviation Communications and Education Division, who promotes Virginia’s air transportation system, aviation awareness, the economic benefits of airports, and aircraft licensing and public information programs.
  • Dr. Amber L. Wilson, Manager of Aviation Technology at the Virginia Department of Aviation, who helps guide the Commonwealth’s growth and oversight of unmanned aerial systems (drones); ensures the safe integration of manned and unmanned aircraft in the national airspace; monitors emerging aviation technologies; and supports the agency’s legislative liaison efforts.
  • Dr. Michael Patterson, Lead for the Emerging Applications and Technologies Group at the Aeronautics Systems Analysis Branch at NASA Langley Research Center, who has been a leader in NASA’s advanced air mobility (AAM) work.
  • Dr. John Langford, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of, an aerospace entrepreneur who founded Aurora Flight Sciences in 1989, Athena Technologies in 1998, and in 2020. Aurora pioneered advanced robotic aircraft, Athena developed advanced flight control solutions, and Electra is developing sustainable aviation solutions for regional mobility.

Airport Director Juan Rivera says the seminar was planned in response to the rapid expansion of new unmanned technologies, some of which are being developed by companies in the Manassas Regional Airport’s commercial corridor.

“We are entering an era of autonomous flight and Manassas Regional Airport wants to be a leader in this initiative. The rapid development of this technology paired with our location gives us an exciting future moving forward,” said Juan Rivera.

Manassas Regional Airport (HEF) is the largest general aviation airport in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Visit to RSVP by June 30. The Airport’s Main Terminal Building is located at 10600 Harry J. Parrish Boulevard in Manassas.


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