Cooperation between Quebec and the Midwest drone industries is taking flight. In April-May 2019, a mission of 9 of the top organizations representing Quebec’s unmanned aerial system (UAS) sector touched down in Chicago at the occasion of the AUVSI Xponential conference. AUVSI Xponential is the benchmark event for the North American drone industry, attracting more than 8,500 visitors and 700 exhibitors annually.
Five organizations from Quebec represented cutting-edge drone technology on the exhibition floor, including big names in global aerospace Bell Flight, Thales Avionics, the Unmanned Aerial System Centre of Excellence (UAS CE), Laflamme Aero, and Humanitas Solutions.
Bell, world leader in helicopter manufacturing, modeled its latest concept project at the Quebec Pavilion: Hybrid Drive Train Research Aircraft, or HYDRA, a circular unmanned aerial platform to research advanced distributed propulsion systems. The Laflamme LX300 unmanned helicopter, destined for the commercial market, also attracted much attention from industry professionals and drone enthusiasts alike.
Air Data, DroneXperts, INO, and NGC Aerospace were also among the Quebec representation in attendance at the AUVSI Xponential show.
The mission was organized by Leslie Westfall, Commercial attachée responsible for supporting the drone sector from Quebec’s Chicago offices, Carmen Marcu Aerospace Advisor at Export Quebec, and Stephan Fogaing from the Ministry of Economy and Innovation. Their work included matching Quebec organizations with local business contacts through personalized B2B meetings as well as via a number of arranged networking events.
Quebec’s drone leaders met with local business partners such as Airbus, Boeing, and Bell/Textron to present their innovative aerospace solutions at several occasions. Private receptions were organized with the State of Ohio and the Consulate General of Canada in Chicago, for instance.
All signs point to a successful mission and the participants are looking forward to AUVSI Xponential 2020 in Boston.