Aircraft Accident Investigation Laboratory Hosts Panel Discussion on the Future of Drones

Daniel Scalese | November 12, 2015

USC’s Aviation Safety & Security Program’s held a panel discussion on the future of remotely piloted aircraft.

From left to right: Andy Thurling, Dr. Nora Ayanian, Harrision Wolf, and Thomas Anthony. Photo credit/Daniel Scalese

On November 11, the Aviation Safety & Security Program’s Aircraft Accident Investigation Laboratory hosted a panel discussion on the future of remotely piloted aircraft, or drones.  The event, organized by the program and the USC Alumni Veterans Network, featured a panel discussion that answered questions and provoked discussion amongst the veterans and the greater USC alumni community.

The discussion panel, moderated by Thomas Anthony, program director, included the following experts:

  • Harrison Wolf, lead program manager, researcher and developer of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for the USC Aviation Safety & Security Program
  • Andy Thurling, Chief Test Pilot at AeroVironment, Air Force veteran and Aviation Safety & Security Program instructor
  • Nora Ayanian, Ph.D, Assistant Professor and Director of the Automatic Coordination of Teams (ACT) Lab at USC

Assistant Professor Nora Ayanian and Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Manager Harrision Wolf speaks during the discussion. Photo credit/Daniel Scalese

This panel discussion came about through The Aviation Safety & Security Program’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program, which is centered around the semiannual Safety Management Systems for Remotely Piloted Vehicles course.  Anyone interested in this effort may enroll in the course, which will again take place April 18-22, 2016.