For the first time in Belgium, we could attend a drone convention. It was organized by EUKA in the old mine site C-Mine in Genk. Moderated by Lieven Scheire, the convention had several speakers from many different disciplines:
- building & construction
- the government
- agriculture & gardening
- transport & logistics
- technology & aerodrones
They had drones to show and demonstrate and talked about inovation, but there wasn't really anything new though, it was more about connecting all those different fields of expertise. The only importend thing I'll remember is: the legislation isn't ready, so all outdoor flights are illegal and none of the existing training programs can deliver an official certificate, while you will need one, if you want to pilot a drone in the future. Nice work of the Belgian politicians, whom once more, waited too long, to get the legal framework ready in time.
Oh ... and our minister of defence came by too. Too tell us ... nothing. Well, he spoke with lots of words and stated the Belgian army will use drones in the future(they already are), but not killer drones. Oh no not those, only softy drones, to give support to ... our pilots ... flying planes .. new planes ... still to be bought .. never mind he didn't tell us anything new.