Commercial UAV Expo Announces Keynote Lineup for 2022 Event

Organizers of Commercial UAV Expo, the world’s leading commercial drone trade show and conference, have announced an impressive lineup of keynote speakers who will cover topics ranging from the latest updates in regulation to the realities of implementation. The event will take place September 6 – 8, 2022 at Caesars Forum in Las Vegas.

“The keynotes will explore what it means to go from regulation to reality with drone technology, identifying what it means to provide value and keep people safe,” said Lee Corkhill, Group Event Director of Diversified Communications, and organizer of Commercial UAV Expo. “These aren’t the kind of insights you’ll find anywhere else, making it a must-attend event for anyone focused on the kind of impact drone technology can make today.”

2022 Keynote Presentations include:

The Transformative Power of Instant Logistics
Keller Rinaudo, Chief Executive Officer, Zipline
Lisa Ellman, Executive Director, Commercial Drone Alliance & Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP (Moderator)

Defining the Future of Drone Delivery
Dallas Brooks, Aviation Regulatory Lead, Wing
Jim O’Sullivan, VP, Regulatory & Special Projects, Matternet
Tom Walker, Chief Executive Officer, DroneUp
Jay Merkle, Executive Director, UAS Integration Office, Federal Aviation Administration (Moderator)

The Keynote presentations that open Commercial UAV Expo set the framework for the event by providing essential regulatory and technological updates that are explored in greater detail throughout the show floor and in the conference program.

In the Wednesday, September 7 Opening Keynote, The Transformative Power of Instant Logistics, Keller Rinaudo, CEO of Zipline, will detail the power of autonomous, instant logistics to decarbonize transportation, increase healthcare access, and improve daily life in US communities and beyond. The opening Keynote will be moderated by Lisa Ellman, Executive Director of the Commercial Drone Alliance.

The Thursday, September 8 Keynote, Defining the Future of Drone Delivery, will see leaders from top organizations in the drone delivery space come together to explore the value of delivery applications that are being realized today and opening opportunities for tomorrow. These leaders will further discuss how they are approaching the future of the airspace within their own organizations and detail what it means for them to work together to enable a collective vision for the airspace that benefits everyone. The panel will include Dallas Brooks of Wing, Jim O’Sullivan of Matternet, and Tom Walker of DroneUp. The keynote will be moderated by Jay Merkle, Executive Director of the UAS Integration Office at the Federal Aviation Administration.

The keynotes are part of a robust conference program delivering practical, actionable education developed in conjunction with commercial drone leaders. Programming includes deep dive vertical industry sessions for professionals in construction, drone delivery, energy & utilities, forestry & agriculture, infrastructure & transportation, mining & aggregates, security, and surveying & mapping. Industry Update Sessions provide up-to-the-minute information on topics that affect everyone in UAS, such as AAM, BVLOS, and autonomy.

The exhibit hall will feature 200+ top UAS companies from around the globe. Additional features of the exhibit hall show floor include a Startup Pavilion and University Pavilion as well as a Welcome Happy Hour, Networking Reception, and educational programming in the Exhibit Hall Theater. Additional special events include Live Outdoor Flying Demonstrations, the DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Summit, and Workshops and Trainings, all of which allow for hands-on learning and industry connections. 

The 2022 edition of Commercial UAV Expo is building on the momentum from last year’s event, which drew 1,955 verified professionals and 130 exhibitors, representing 24 countries. The full list of organizations that took part in 2021 can be found here. The 2022 event boasts more than 300 media and association supporters from six continents. Visit for more information on attending or exhibiting.

Register before July 15, 2022, for early bird rates.   

About Commercial UAV Expo   

Commercial UAV Expo, presented by Commercial UAV News, is an international conference and expo exclusively focused on commercial UAS integration and operation covering industries including Construction; Drone Delivery; Energy & Utilities; Forestry & Agriculture; Infrastructure & Transportation; Mining & Aggregates; Public Safety & Emergency Services; Security; and Surveying & Mapping. It takes place September 6 – 8, 2022 at Caesars Forum, Las Vegas NV. For more information, visit    

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