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PNG Flying Labs Newsletters 2019

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  1. 1. PNG Flying Labs was proud to partner with IBSUniversity to co-host our first free drone safety workshop to the public in Port Moresby on the 28th (Saturday) and 29th (Sunday) of September, 2019 respectively. We shared about local and global perspectives and insights from Civil Aviation Safety Authority-Australia Briefings as well as user experiences with U.S Federal Aviation Administration. ‘Certificates of Attendance’ were offered to participants who successfully completed our pre-&-post workshop evaluation and we provided a pathway of getting a Remote Pilot License (RePL) based on our experiences.This workshop is an outcome of our on-going ‘Drone Outreach and Education’ talks at IBSUniversity, University of PNG (Science Foundation and Medical School). It was 4th of July, 2019 that we met Sir Mick Nades, Founder and Chairman of IBSUniversity through our friend, Mr. Shahram Honarzad, Managing Director of Rural Tech Development. With 30 years of visionary commitment and hard work, Sir Nades established IBSUniversity, a noble contribution to the educational growth of Papua New Guineans. Sir Nades was so welcoming of digital and drone technology and offered us the facilities at IBSUniversity for our outreach and education. We were honored to have the Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister for Justice and Attorney General Honourable Davis Steven as the Keynote Speaker, and Captain Tom Waqa, Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer from Civil Aviation Safety Authority as the Chief Guest. Local industry experts included (1) PNG Forest Authority, Senior Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing Officer, Mr. Perry Malan, (2) Ms. Laua Marie Jose, President of National Capital District’s Active City Development Program, and (3) Rural Tech Development Managing Director and Founder of PNG Educational Robotics Lab, Mr.Shahram Honarzad. We also featured short videos from our international partners. Global Drone Solutions, Chief Executive Officer, Mohammad Hussein, shared about the ‘drone rules’ while WeRobotics, Executive Director, shared about the ‘Power of Local’ including Coordinators of other Flying Labs around the world who shared about the investment in their local people and communities, teaching Relevant skills and providing access to technology to youth - our future problem solvers - https://youtu.be/acUfl1vlUPU Newsletter Q3 2019 First PNG Drone Safety Workshop
  2. 2. Newsletter April, 2019 We have conducted four ‘Coding and Droning’ workshops during an International Education Agency ‘Festival of Learning’ Conference in Port Moresby, which were attended by eight International Schools. Other guest speaking engagements included, 2019 U.S Embassy 4th of July Celebration, Sogeri National High, PNG Institute of Medical Research in Goroka, and the recent 55th Annual PNG Medical Symposium in Port Moresby. Collectively, we have talked to about 1,000+ participants in PNG who have expressed their interest in our drone programs and services. Photo Gallery Follow us and Contact us Kumul GameChangers Startup Hub, MRDC Haus P.O. Box 565, Waterfront Konedobu 125 National Capital District png@flyinglabs.org https://flyinglabs.org/png/ https://blog.werobotics.org/tag/papua-new-guinea/ Other activities Upcoming activities We are now in discussion with University of Technology in Lae for drone hands-on training in November. We are pleased to announce that we have been tasked by the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Davis Steven to lead PNG’s First Drone Association with his support. The vision is to harness the potential for this national association to provide coordination and consultation amongst done users and key stakeholders. The association is intended to represent the members on matters of policy and legislation.
  3. 3. Newsletter Q2 2019 Participation in the 2nd Annual Robotic Conference at the South Pacific Flying Labs PNG Flying Labs (PNGFL) team was hosted at the South Pacific Flying Labs (SPFL), University of South Pacific, and we participated in the 2nd Annual Robotic Conference on the 8th of May. We presented the work and progress of PNGFL. It was an opportunity to share the perspective of our personal journey and to advocate and share about PNG's drone rules and regulations, airspace traffic management, training and local capacity- building. We were pleased to have PNG Forest Authority (PNGFA) rep (Mr. Perry Malan, senior GIS specialist) and JICA-PNG rep (Mr. Daisuke Kadowaki, Chief Advisor) join us at the conference. Perry presented on ‘Possible Application of Drones in PNGFA'. Their priorities for drone utilization are: plantation, natural forest monitoring, and in national forest inventory. Their objectives are to use drones as a monitoring tool to overcome terrain condition of forest and monitor forest resources through aerial photography, which is relatively more efficient than existing remote sensing methods. Although there are higher expectations with drones, the methodology to monitor forests using drones is not yet consolidated. Through JICA-PNG technical support, PNGFA are currently using the latest DJI quadcopters for their aerial missions within a radius of 1km. They could safely cover about 10 hectares of forest using one drone with one drone battery. One of the concerns that PNGFA raised was the need for more outreach and education for drone users in industries in PNG about drone rules and regulations in our navigable airspace. A day before the conference, we observed the World Mosquito Program in action deploying Wolbachi-carrying mosquitoes using a modified M-600 drone. Along with the flying robots, we also had a glimpse of the Trident underwater drone and Digital Farmhand's drones-on-wheels, while in Fiji. Key Achievement Fixed-Wing Drone (eBee) training: The highlight for PNGFL in Fiji was undergoing the eBee drone training. Here’s the link to our blog post: https://blog.werobotics.org/2019/05/28/fiji-is-a-leader-in- pioneering-robotics-solutions-so-its-teaching-its-neighbors-how-to-fly-facing-the-wind/
  4. 4. Newsletter April, 2019 Photo Gallery Follow us and Contact us Kumul GameChangers Startup Hub, MRDC Haus P.O. Box 565, Waterfront Konedobu 125 National Capital District png@flyinglabs.org https://flyinglabs.org/png/ https://blog.werobotics.org/tag/papua-new-guinea/ Drone Education Program: WeRobotics through SPFL has leased PNGFL two DJI quadcopters for our drone missions in-country. We are looking forward to utilizing the drones for an upcoming drone education program as there is already interest. We are now in consultation with our Fijian colleagues because of their experiences and traction of two youth drone programs they run. During the conference, SPFL Youth Coordinator presented: (1) Fly Like A Girl for female high school students, and (2) Aerial Adventure Camp for male high school students. Both student groups were introduced to drones, and drone rules and regulations in Fiji followed by hands-on with pre-flight planning to field surveying, and finally image processing using industry standard software, Pix4D. Community Engagements: This month, PNGFL has been invited by PNG Digital ICT Cluster to speak at the TechInnovate Conference on 13 June, Port Moresby. In July, Sophia will be the guest speaker at the US Embassy, Port Moresby 4th of July in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the NASA’s Landing on the Moon. Upcoming project and engagements Kevin and Sophia has completed their eBee flights Sophia during the 'open discussion' session at the 2nd Annual Robotic Conference of South Pacific Flying Labs

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