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Drone Industry Summit

The advancement of drone technology and capability has created a uniquely disruptive opportunity. Drones are rapidly changing the way many industries collect, analyse, and use aerial data to reduce costs, reduce risk, improve efficiency and most importantly safety.
Early adopters are seeing many benefits and are utilising them in applications from
mining, oil & gas, construction, infrastructure, marine, agriculture and the media.

Event Details Below 👇

Date: Wednesday 9th Dec 2020
Time: 7:30am – 9:30am, post-event networking on the terrace till 10:30 am
Venue: Fraser’s Restaurant, Kings Park, Perth

Join us for a full plated breakfast, as we tackle topics such as:

  • Current state of play of the industry in Australia and globally – Mahmood Hussein
  • Current Status of Drone Approvals and Regulatory Programs being managed by CASA – Craig Peterson
  • Emerging issues in privacy and surveillance – Michael Nas
  • EVLOS/BVLOS Operational considerations – Paul Dewar
  • Operational perspective from those in the industry – Case studies:

-Ausdrill Technology & Innovation Manager – Clint Ricetti

-Ausdrill Chief Pilot – Carol Crane

-Weeding applications – Andrew Davies – founder, Taz Drone Solutions


Kristie Young (MC)

Advisor & Director

Kristie has more than 20 years’ experience across technical engineering, strategy, growth, business development, marketing, commercial and client management, diversity and inclusion, governance and HR. She has most recently held senior growth and business development executive roles with leading professional services firms PwC and EY. Ms Young is a Non-Executive Director with Primero, Advisor and Director of Client Development with HardHat, sits on the Wesley College Board and the Board of the Petroleum Club of WA. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) Hons from the University of Queensland, a Post Graduate Diploma of Education (Mathematics & IT) from the University of Western Australia and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mahmood Hussein

CEO – Global Drone Solutions

Mahmood Hussein is the Chief Executive Officer of Global Drone Solutions, a CASA approved drone pilot training organisation. Global Drone Solutions harness drone technology to solve both social and business problems and create new business opportunities. Global Drone Solutions is an innovative business, in a disruptive high-tech industry which is literally taking off (pun-intended). It provides tailored drone training and solutions to a broad range of industries. Outcomes include reduced operation costs, reduced risks, improved operation efficiencies and most importantly improved safety.

Michael Nas

Principal Associate – Bennett + Co

Michael is a Principal Associate at Bennett + Co, practising in commercial litigation and specialising in complex mining, corporate and technical disputes. He is part of Bennett + Co’s Defence, Aerospace & Logistics team. Michael has studied the laws relating to drones since approximately 2007, and holds a Master of Laws (by research) relating to global drone regulation. Michael is the Vice President of the Perth Branch of the Aviation Law Association of Australia & New Zealand and sits on the committee of the Perth Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society – Australian Division. Michael is passionate about the role technology can play in society and has delivered presentations to various stakeholders and interest groups relating to drone technologies and regulations since 2016.

Paul Dewar

Industry Representative

Paul has been working with Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) for the last 19 years. During that time Paul has developed extensive experience in all forms of RPAS operations including Beyond Visual Line of Sight missions for fixed wing, multi-rotor, and helicopter platforms. At this time Paul has logged over 2100 hours of RPAS operations including more than 4600 take-offs and landings and 430 plus hours of Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) missions. For the last seven years Paul has worked directly with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), as an industry representative, developing new licensing and training standards for Drone Pilots. Paul is a qualified Electronics Technician and an Electronics Communications Engineer. He holds a Technical Teaching Diploma from the Victorian Education Department and is a certified Flight Simulator Engineer specialising in Frasca Flight Simulators. In his private life he is a keen Radio Control (RC) modeller with numerous competition successes with RC helicopters and RC gliders. He also enjoys manned aviation and has flown fixed wing, rotary wing and sport aircraft for fun rather than reward.

Clint Ricetti

Innovation & Technology Manager – Ausdrill

Clint Ricetti is the Innovation and Technology Manager at Ausdrill, Australian Surface Operations where he is responsible for driving adoption of technology and innovating new applications for the future of mining. Clint has 15 years of experience in mining, specialising in explosives application and manufacturing and has been operating surface and air radio models for over 20 years. The merging of this knowledge has resulted in Clint becoming Ausdrill’s first Chief Remote Pilot after completing the Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC). Clint is also actively pursuing 4.0 technologies in mining and contributes regularly to national and international groups to build the reference architecture to support development. IOT features heavily in this forum and requires extensive STEM engagement and support of students and universities around the country.”

Carol Crane

Innovation & Technology Specialist – Ausdrill

Carol Crane is the Innovation and Technology Specialist for Ausdrill Pty Ltd and holds the Chief Remote Pilots position for Ausdrill’s Australian Surface Operations. Carol’s role involves identifying, coordinating, and championing new technologies, innovations, and initiatives both in the development stages and the roll out of commercial products to operations. Carol’s has an administrative background including training and safety before moving to mining and subsequently the UAV space. Carols site experience included working with the client to develop and trial and test further opportunities for UAV use on site. Carol is passionate about developing technological solutions for drill and blast and ensuring that these solutions can be embraced by all employees with the development and provision of accessible and appropriate training and resources.

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Craig Peterson

Aviation Safety Advisor for the Western Region - CASA

Craig joined the RAAF when he was 19 years old as a pilot. He flew Helicopters, maritime patrol aircraft and was a flying instructor on the PC9. He currently holds an Aeroplane ATPL, Helicopter CPL and a RePL. Craig is still serving in the RAAF reserves as a simulator instructor on the Hawk lead-in jet fighter. In 2011 he deployed with the RAAF to Afghanistan to operate the Heron UAV in support of coalition ground forces. This was Craig’s first exposure to RPAS operations. He joined CASA in 2012 as an Aviation Safety Advisor and gained his RePL shortly after. Craig also owns a DJI drone which he uses for recreational flying. 

Andrew Davies

Founder – Taz Drones

Taz Drones has been providing niche drone solutions to Tasmanians since early 2017 since Founder, Andrew Davies moved back home after working in the WA mines for 6 years. Following his dream to work in an industry he loves, to be close to his community, family and have an active part in changing the future using drone technology, starting from the local community he grew up in, Sheffield Tasmania. Taz Drones have a holistic approach to accelerating and pushing the drone industry forward through their central open approach in helping individuals to large enterprise adopt drone technology and make the transition through the 4th industrial revolution by delivering Global Drone Solutions drone training, Mapping, Custom Builds and Solutions, Consulting, Enterprise Sales, Inspections and Contractual Aerial Productions. One of Andrew’s greatest passions is to inspire, educate and show others what’s possible if you make a plan you love and stick with it.

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