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UAV & Drone Solutions' Rob Hannaford to speak at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, 24 July as part of Lindbergh Innovation Forum

UDS Air Shepherd Program co-founder Rob Hannaford will speak at the show on 24 July as part of the Lindbergh Innovation Forum.

UAV & Drone Solutions' (UDS) Air Shepherd Program, developed to protect elephants and rhinos from poaching by using drones, today announced co-founder, Rob Hannaford, would be participating at the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh show.

Hannaford's presentation at EAA will be part of the Lindbergh Innovation Forum, held on 24 July from 9am-12pm. Presentations will be held at EAA AirVenture, Forums Tent, Aviation Gateway Park, Wittman Regional Field in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

During the largest annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts, leaders in the industry from around the world will offer inspiring and provocative presentations and discussion on leading-edge concepts shaping the future of aviation. The format will feature many speakers in short, compact presentations.

Featured presenters include representatives from Uber Elevate, Boeing, Ampaire, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and others. The event will expose attendees to bleeding-edge concepts, including:

* The transformative capabilities of autonomous commercial aircraft;
* Forever changing how we travel within our cities through urban air transport;
* How additive manufacturing is radically changing aircraft development and maintenance;
* Futuristic and ultra-efficient aircraft designs;
* How electric flight can enable a radical transportation future;
* Advanced battery technology, and how it will power the aircraft of the future; and
* Designing for night and beyond visual line of sight drone operations in southern Africa.

Attendees will be able to interact with the presenters at the conclusion of the event in a casual and accessible setting.


Mike Sinnett
VP, Product Strategy and Future Airplane Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes: The Boeing Company

Adam Warmoth
Vehicle requirements lead: Uber Elevate

Roland Gerhards
MD and CEO: ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research

Dr Donald Hillebrand
Director, Energy Systems Division: Argonne National Laboratory

Dr Susan Ying
VP of Technology Strategy & International Relations, Ampaire, president, International Council of Aeronautical Sciences

Dr Pat Anderson
Professor of Aerospace Engineering and director, Eagle Flight Research Center, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Robert Hannaford
Co-founder and director/air shepherd, UAV & Drone Solutions

Charles Spinelli
Associate technical fellow, Boeing Research & Technology/The Boeing Company

Steve Burns
CEO, Workhorse Group

Panel moderators

John Petersen
Chairman, The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation

Erik Lindbergh
President, VerdeGo Aero

Steve Smith
Corporate speaker, venture capital advisor and former NASA astronaut

UDS Air Shepherd Program

Founded and developed by the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation, the Air Shepherd Program, now being run by UDS, with help from California-based Elephant Cooperation, is using drones to protect rhinos and elephants in Africa. Using sophisticated three-aircraft operating teams that work with rangers on the ground, drones are flown over high probable poaching areas, allowing rangers to intercept suspects before a poaching incident can take place. For more information and to donate, please visit

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the "world's greatest aviation celebration" and EAA's yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at Immediate news is available at

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