ADW Hybrid shows highlights of advanced air mobility


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RAI Amsterdam opens its doors again for the first large events

Amsterdam Drone Week (ADW Hybrid), that will start Tuesday the 29th of March at RAI Amsterdam, offers an insight in the developments of advanced air mobility. ADW Hybrid shows international technical innovations and the application of drones, as well as the latest state of affairs around the more uniform European law and regulations.

According to the figures of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (I&W), that will be presented during the NL Drone Day on 31 March, the amount of drones and unmanned aircrafts in the Netherlands has more than doubled since 2015.

Recent developments

The “High Level Conference on Drones” by The European Authority for aviation safety, EASA will also take place during ADW Hybrid. Over the course of three days, over 250 experts will share the most recent developments in urban air mobility, and will look to the future.

This year, ADW Hybrid takes place simultaneously with Intertraffic, worlds largest tradeshow for traffic technology and mobility. For RAI Amsterdam both shows count as a “re-opening”, after a long period of Covid-19 restrictions.

Action plan Unmanned Airtraffic

At ADW Hybrid, different European cities that are a part of the UIC2 partnership are represented. Together they will discuss the universal regulations for unmanned air traffic through drones. The airspace is not yet part of urban mobility as we know it. As a result the airspace has to be integrated in the cities and regions. Those cities include: Amsterdam, Enschede, Hamburg, Ingolstadt, Heerlen, Liège, Ljubljana, Stockholm, Madrid, Zaragoza, Porto and Bari. Besides UIC2 members their will also be representatives of the regions Amsterdam, Bavaria, Paris and Poland. The Dutch ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management sees many challenges when it comes to Urban Air Mobility in our country.

During the NL Drone Day Jaco Stremler, the director of Aviation within the ministry, will present the Actionplan Unmanned Airtraffic 2022-2023. Goriska van Cooten, programme manager Unmanned Airtraffic of the I&W ministry: “In the Netherlands, drones are more frequently used for varying purposes, think of agriculture, medical transport, water management, for bringing medicine to the Wadden Sea islands or for search-and-rescue missions on the North sea.”

Remote areas

The American start-up Zipline, active in North America, Asia and Africa, will also be present at the event. Zipline sees ADW as a stepping stone to Europe. On the African continent Zipline employs drones to deliver medicine in remote areas. Senior vice-president external affairs Anne Hilby: “It is our ambition to make the transport of products accessible to everyone. Not just for the rich. In Ghana and Rwanda we use our drones for good in the transport of medicine. Starting next year we want to do the same for the Ivory Coast, Kenia and Nigeria.”

The drones that will be used for blood transport (a collaboration between ANWB, KPN and Erasmus MC, PostNL, Sanquin and Avy) and the drone by Horyzn which is equipped with a defibrillator will also be shown at ADW Hybrid. These drones will be included in the flight demonstrations in the Drone Area in hall 11 of RAI Amsterdam. Besides this, there is a Showcase Area where the newest Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) will be shown.


Amsterdam Drone week is a collaboration between RAI Amsterdam and the European Authority for aviation safety organization EASA. Other partners include the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, City of Amsterdam, Eurocontrol, UIC2, WEF, NEDO, CANSO, GUTMA, GSMA, ACEA, Boing, Airbus, Volocopter, Lilium, KPN, NLR, Achmea, Metropolis and Groupe ADP. ADW Hybrid will be opened with speeches by Adina Vãlean (European Committee), Diana Cooper (global head of policy and regulation Supernal, part of Hyundai Motor Company), Mark Harbers (minister of I&W), Patrick Ky (executive director EASA), Paul Riemens (ceo RAI Amsterdam).

An overview of the three day programme of ADW Hybrid can be found here:  

Registration & Accreditation

Journalists are more than welcome be part of ADW Hybrid. Simultaneously Intertraffic will take place, both events are accessible with a Press badge. Accreditation for the event is possible via this link

About Amsterdam Drone Week

Amsterdam Drone Week is the worldwide platform for sharing knowledge about current air solutions, innovations and regulations. Creating purposeful meetings with all important players, governments and knowledge institutions to add value to society through Urban Air Mobility. Because of its hybrid summits, expert sessions and matchmaking, ADW connects the whole of the UAM-community around drone regulations, new technology and future solutions. For more information and ticket sales:

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