Alaska Airships Conference, July 10-12

July 7, 2013 • Filed under: News — Joel Bailey

Co-Sponsored by NASA, the Institute of Northern Engineering, AUTC and others, the third annual Alaska Airships Conference, Cargo Airships for Northern Operations Workshop, will be held in Anchorage, July 10-12th. For more information, click here.

The 2nd Cargo Airships for Northern Operations Workshop in 2012 met with great success as a venue that brought together potential users of modern heavy lift airship services with representatives from the aerospace community that are developing modern cargo airships. The 3rd workshop will follow up the achievements of the 2nd workshop by focusing on potential approaches and actions for creating incentives that would facilitate the establishment of strong cargo airship business commitments for cargo airship services for customers in Alaska and other Northern areas. Workshop topic areas will look at specific actions that may be initiated.

Discussions will include:
• Establishment of one or more formal airship users groups to represent an aggregation of potential airship services users;
• Federal or State government contracting approaches that could provide cargo airship operators with formal commitments to use airship services;
• Public/private airship investment opportunities in airship infrastructure and airship developing companies to facilitate construction of necessary airships and their operational support facilities.

Workshop Format:
On the Tuesday evening prior to the workshop an informal (self pay) dinner is being looked into to provide attendees with the chance to drop by for a meal or drink and some conversation with old colleagues or make new acquaintances. The first two days of the 3rd workshop will feature selected speakers who will share their insights into specific cargo airship user needs, airship capabilities, and necessary infrastructure (physical and administrative). In addition to speaker presentations the workshop is also being designed to provide ample opportunities for informal networking, exchange of ideas, and generation of potential business opportunities for cargo airship development and deployment. At the end of the first day of the workshop a sponsored reception will provide opportunities for attendees to meet and discuss their mutual interests and check out the many exhibitor displays in the reception area. On the afternoon of the second day a “Speed Networking” session will be provided for airship developers, cargo airship users, and potential investors/funders to meet in nearby discussion rooms. This one hour session is intended to give each registrant an hour for private meetings with whomever they invite. Those interested in securing one of the Speed Networking rooms will need to register for the room in advance of the workshop. Further information on registering for these rooms will be provided in subsequent workshop website updates. Three local Anchorage site visits are being organized for attendees on the third day of the workshop. These are still in the process of being set up but will likely include a visit to a an Anchorage based air cargo company, a visit (by chartered small aircraft) to a nearby mining operation, and a guided tour of the Alaska Aviation Museum located near the Anchorage airport.

Workshop Audience:
• Commercial shipping companies, air freight companies
• Airship companies and aerospace vendors
• US and Canadian government organizations that employ cargo transport systems
• Construction companies, fisheries, resource extraction companies (Oil, Gas, and Mining companies)
• Venture capitalists, investment fund managers, private equity firms
• Researchers from government and academia
• Government agencies, state and federal transportation program managers, Federal Aviation Administration, Transport Canada, military organizations
• Non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), humanitarian relief agencies

If you are interested in being a workshop sponsor, exhibitor, or speaker please contact:

Karen Felts
Project Assistant
AK Department of Transportation
907-266-2787 (Office)