The international platform for Urban Air Mobility, Amsterdam Drone Week, is shifting to January 2022 this year, and in close consultation with its partners European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Commercial UAV Expo, has decided to shift the event to its beginning. January partly due to the impact of Covid-19 on the travel and the event industry. This new date gives partners, speakers and visitors more security to be able to travel to Amsterdam and come together with the entire UAM community.

“Although the ADW Hybrid 2020 organized online was a success, under the circumstances, we really prefer to bring this rapidly growing drone and unmanned aerial vehicle industry together live,” says Paul Riemens, CEO RAI Amsterdam. “Bringing people together is in the DNA of RAI Amsterdam. In order to facilitate this as well and as safely as possible, we will therefore reschedule ADW Hybrid once to January 2022.

“Innovative Air Mobility is an important working area for EASA. We are working on introducing the regulations and certification of these completely new aircraft types,” says Patrick Ky executive director of EASA. “The High Level Conference at ADW is an important platform for discussions with stakeholders for these developments.”

ADW Hybrid 2021 will be rescheduled to 18 to 20 January 2022, and will be a hybrid event that can be visited both live and online. For three days there is an extensive substantive program with live and online matchmaking opportunities. New are the online speed networking sessions, which live mimic networking in an online environment. There will be 2 stages where the program will be streamed live daily for the online visitors. The EASA High Level Conference on Drones will be held on 18 and 19 January and the Commercial UAV EXPO Europe on 19 and 20 January.

As in previous years, Amsterdam Drone Week will work closely with the mobile operators, GSMA, air traffic controllers CANSO and GUTMA, the European Commission, several European cities united in the EIP-SCC network, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, local aviation authorities and aerospace companies such as EASA, CAAS, FAA, NASA and NLR. And for the first time this year, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) will also participate in the event.

EASA High Level Conference on Drones

The main theme of the EASA High Level Conference on Drones will be ‘UAM becoming a reality’. The main topics are: Multi-Level Governance of Urban Skies; Integration of new entrants into Urban Airspace and U-space-ATM integration; Mobility Hubs: drone & eVTOL landing sites and vertiports. The outcome of the EASA study on social acceptance and the status of the implementation of the most important results will also be discussed. There are also presentations and discussions about concrete projects. Complemented by technical and educational sessions, workshops, and round table sessions on the application of UAS design verification guidelines, technical guidelines for vertiports, counter drone technology and U-Space technology implementation.

Commercial UAV Expo Europe

ADW Hybrid is organized at the same time as Commercial UAV Expo Europe. On 19 and 20 January 2022, all parties from the vertical industries will present themselves on the exhibition floor. For visitors, there is a substantive program about drones in construction, parcel delivery, energy, agriculture, infrastructure & transport, public safety & emergency services and land measurements.

Amsterdam Drone Week agenda 2021 and 2022

Two ADW online Industry updates are planned prior to ADW Hybrid 2021. The first Industry update is on the agenda 1 July and is about Urban Air Mobility and the role of cities with a Dutch program on the Dutch Drone Agenda in the afternoon. On September 9, the second Industry update will be on the agenda in which we zoom in on America in close cooperation with Commercial UAV Expo Americas. The ADW Hybrid 2022 edition will be back at the end of 2022, from November 29 to December 1, 2022. For more information visit: