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Unmanned Systems & Drones

Copter pilots set course for CeBIT

Europe's biggest model flying association, DMFV, will be presenting its own stand at CeBIT for the first time – including a race track.

17 Feb. 2017

With 85,000 members, the German Model Flying Association (DMFV) is the biggest organization for model flying in Europe. Its main goal is the protection, cultivation, and further development of this popular sport – and to this end the DMFV organizes countless competitions and specialist seminars. But now trade fairs and congresses are increasingly on the DMFV agenda too, as these are important to the growing drone community.

At CeBIT, too, the association will, for the first time, be setting up its own stand in March 2017. "The aim is to build a bridge between professional aviation systems and model flying," explains the DMFV. It will be offering basic information about model flying to interested members of the public and providing live demonstrations. The main focus of DMFV is on multicopters used for photo and sport purposes, which are becoming increasingly popular above all in the consumer sector. The trade fair highlight is the FPV racing event being organized by the association on March 24, where pilots will steer camera-equipped quadrocopters through a special obstacle course.

With the spotlight on "Unmanned Systems & Solutions" CeBIT has created "a top international event for technologies and solutions in the realm of unmanned systems," says Oliver Frese, member of the Managing Board of Deutsche Messe AG. "Drones and unmanned systems on land and in water have an incredible business potential, which CeBIT will be reflecting across the spectrum."

The CeBIT focus in Hall 17 comprises an exhibition area, a multiday conference program, and a flight show. The key theme of the presentations will be business applications for the commercial sector, the science sector and civil society. The applications range from logistics and measurement technology through agriculture and forestry, police, and firefighting, all the way to trade and medicine. At CeBIT 2016 some 100,000 visitors showed interest in the range of products and presentations relating to unmanned aerial vehicles.