September 1-2, 2021

Advanced air mobility (AAM) is a transformative airborne technology aimed at the transportation of  people and goods in new, community-friendly, and cost-effective aircraft in both rural and urban environments.

The Australian Association for Unmanned Systems’  AAM Summit 2021 conference will be the first of its kind in Australia.  It will focus on advancing our collective understanding of the necessary ecosystem and challenges facing the emerging industry.  It will be supported by key government and industry organisations from Australia and abroad.

Due to the continuing COVID-19 restrictions, the conference will run as a completely virtual event.

All sessions are now available to watch again. For details of the speakers in each session, see the program below. 

Session One Session Two Session Three Session Four Session Five Session Six

Summit Themes and Objectives

  • Identify and map a network of local, national and regional industry capability in the emerging AAM / UAM sector.
  • Development of an AAM / UAM ecosystem in Australia.
  • Showcasing AAM / UAM technologies and innovation.
  • Emerging AAM applications – benefits, viability and social acceptance.
  • Future infrastructure requirements to enable AAM / UAM.
  • Gain perspective on policy and regulatory development from Federal and State Government, CASA and AirServices Australia.
  • Provide an open forum to identify and capture the AAM / UAM industry needs and challenges.
  • Collate and map these to industry wide ‘unlocks’.
  • Use the event to further promote Australian industry capability, the State of Victoria and more broadly Australia as a world leader in aviation and a hub for investment.
  • Build greater community awareness of the emerging AAM / UAM sector and the potential economic, social and environmental benefits it can offer.

Event Format

Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 restrictions in Australia, we have made the decision to run the AAM Summit 2021 as an online conference, enabling Australian and international delegates to still attend all sessions.

The conference will include both formal presentations and audience interactive panel sessions.

Who Will Attend

  • Key personnel from Federal, State and Local Governments
  • Civil Aviation Safety Authority and international regulators
  • Airservices Australia
  • AAM, UAM, RPAS and UTM industries
  • Key eVTOL platform developers and manufacturers
  • Aerospace industry
  • Transport industry
  • Infrastructure owners
  • Property developers
  • Digital service providers
  • Insurance sector

Delegate level: CEO, COO, CTO, Senior management, Senior Government, leadership / cabinet level political keynotes.


Wednesday September 1, 2021

TimePresentation / ActivityPresenter
Session One
0930Conference OpeningDr Reece Clothier (AAUS President)
0945Keynote Address: A whole-of-government approach to enabling advanced air mobilityNaa Opoku (Assistant Secretary, Safety and Future Technology, DITRDC)
1010Keynote Address: Why safety is key to an advanced futurePip Spence (CEO / DAS, CASA)
1035Q&AAll Speakers
1100Morning Tea Break
Session Two
1130An introduction to Advanced Air MobilityPhil Owen (To70)
1155Building the Aviation Infrastructure for the FutureClem Newton-Brown (Skyportz)
1205Attracting Investment into Australian Air Taxi InfrastructureMichael Dyment (Nexa Capital)
1225AAM: Commercial attractiveness and Industry potentialNatasha Santha (L.E.K Consulting)
1250Q&AAll Speakers
1315Lunch Break
Session Three
1430eVTOL manufacturing - Australia's place on the path from prototype to profitPeter Smith (Bartonvale Technologies)
1455Advanced Aerial Mobility in Australia - Conquering the tyranny of distanceAndrew Moore (AMSL Aero)
1510Redefining Airspace - Integrating technology, regulation and communityAnna Kominik and Simon Topping (Wisk)
1535A route map for local authorities creating a UAM ecosystem – challenges and opportunitiesAndrew Charlton & Phil Butterworth-Hayes (CIVATA Global)
1600Q&AAll Speakers
1630End day 1 conference

Thursday September 2, 2021

TimePresentation / ActivityPresenter
Session Four
0830Developing the ecosystem to enable a new sustainable air mobility industry
David Rottblatt (Eve Air Mobility)
0855Bell Autonomous Pod Transport (APT)Brian Duncan (Bell) – Hybrid-Electric Aircraft for Urban & Regional Air MobilityJohn Langford (
0945Accelerating AAM adoption with innovative insuranceMark Halverson (Precision Autonomy)
1010Q&AAll Speakers
1030Morning Tea Break
Session Five
1100Laying the infrastructure foundations for Advanced Air Mobility in AustraliaYunyuan Tay (Skyports)
1125Delivery drones in our neighbourhoodJesse Suskin (WIng)
1150Social licence to operate AAM (UAM and Drone Deliveries)Ronan Delaney (Arup)
1215Q&AAll Speakers
1240Lunch Break
Session Six
1400Surveillance interoperability for AAM Greg Dunstone (uAvionix)
1425Development of a regulatory roadmap for the RPAS and AAM SectorLuke Gumley (CASA)
1450UAM Concepts: What we've found and what's nextJames Kaminski (Airservices Australia)
1515Q&AAll Speakers
1545Wrap Up
1600End day 2 conference

A PDF version of the program can be downloaded.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Showcase your organisation as an innovative leader and create industry partnerships across key decision makers within the AAM sector.  Our sponsorship options provide an efficient way to maximise exposure for your organisation and send a small team to the event.

AAM Sponsorship Prospectus 2021


Registration Fees

Registration TypeStandard
Virtual - AAUS Member$350
Virtual - Government / Defence$350
Virtual - Industry (Non-Member)$390
  • Pricing is inclusive of GST
  • Read our Terms and Conditions for information on refunds for COVID-19 related travel restrictions

What’s Included in your Registration?

  • Virtual access to all conference sessions in real time
  • On demand access to recorded conference sessions

Due to the cancellation of the live component of the AAM Summit this year, all live registrations already received by AAUS will be transferred to virtual registrations and a refund of difference in registration fees will be arranged. In addition, we have reduced the virtual registration fee.

Information on how to attend the event and log in details will be emailed closer to the date.

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