Friday, 13 February 2015
“Drone Days”, the first Belgian drone fair, will take place on the 7th, 8th, and 9th of March on the Tour & Taxis site in Brussels, the organisers have revealed. Demonstrations with these non-piloted aircraft will be open to everyone on the Saturday and Sunday. The Monday will be for professionals. Drone-Days is being organised by the drone pilot training centre “EspaceDrone”, in collaboration with the photography fair “Imaging Days”. Around 20 exhibitors (constructors, trainers…) will occupy the 1,500 m² made available by Drone-Days, to share their knowledge with visitors. A demonstration zone is also planned, so people can see big and small devices in operation.
The drone market, which had been the domain of aircraft model enthusiasts until now, is exploding. Equipped with an integrated or fixed camera, they offer unedited and original panoramic photos and videos. Putting Drone-Days and Imaging Days together was therefore a natural step for the organisation. “Photography and video are 90% of what drones are used for”, says Renaud Fraiture, one of the organisers.
While waiting for a colossal economic boom, the drone sector is holding it breath. No specific legislation currently exists to regulate these non-piloted aircraft. They were initially developed for the military, but their use by civilians is becoming more and more common. Several drone piloting schools have set up in Wallonia and Flanders. Opened in September, EspaceDrone, which concentrates on professional use, has already trained 90 people “who are often planning to become professional”.
The fair, which along with Imaging Days hopes to attract between 6,000 and 8,000 visitors, will be open to the public on the 7th and 8th of March at Tour &Taxis. Tickets will be sold at 10 euros on the door and 7 euros if you buy in advance on the site www.drone-days.be.