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Monday, June 3

0700 Registration Open
Ballroom, Level 400
0930 – 1030 Welcome Message
Ballroom, Level 400
Secretary Elaine L. Chao, U.S. Department of Transportation (Video message)
Dan Elwell, Acting Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
Brian Wynne, President and CEO, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
Representative from the Office of the Mayor, Baltimore
1030 – 1050 BREAK
1050 – 1200


Understanding Your Options and Getting Your Operations Started
Room 339 - 342, Level 300
Rick Domingo, Executive Director, FAA Flight Standards Service
Maurice Hoffman, Director, FAA Airspace Services
Jim Williams, Aviation Consultant, JHW Unmanned Solutions

UAS operators have multiple regulatory options – how do you determine which is best for you? What is the difference between part 91 and part 107, air carrier operations under part 135, and agricultural operations under part 137? Hear from regulators and industry experts on choosing your operational path forward.
 FAA-PublicSafety-Icon.png The Makings of a BVLOS Solution
(Session also presented on Tuesday, June 4 at 1400)
Ballroom, Level 400

Paul Albuquerque, Aerospace Engineer, FAA Flight Standards Service
Eileen Lockhart, Xcel Energy
Joey Neptune, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
Jennifer Player, BNSF
Captain Kenneth Voiret, Palm Beach County Sherriff’s Office
Tom Walsh, Unmanned Program Manager, Flight Technologies and Procedures Division, FAA Flight Standards Service

Find out what you need to get approval to fly beyond visual line-of-sight. This session will consider topics like remote ID, spectrum, operational control, and detect and avoid. Industry experts will provide lessons learned for building a safety case to expand your operations
  What Does the FAA Reauthorization Act Mean for the Drone Industry?
Room 337 - 338, Level 300
Mark Aitken, Senior Policy Advisor, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
William Crozier, Deputy Director, FAA UAS Integration Office
Scott Gore, Senior Congressional Liaison, FAA Office of Government & Industry Affairs
Doug Johnson, Vice President, Technology Policy, CTA
Jenny Rosenberg, Founder, JTR Strategies
Brian Wynne, President and CEO, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International

The recent FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 is a significant step forward for the FAA and the drone industry, providing clarity and direction on creating the next rules and regulations for UAS integration. But what does that mean for you? And, more importantly, how long is it going to take? Come hear what you can expect as the Agency implements these new mandates and what you can do to start operating today.
1200 – 1230 BREAK
1230 – 1340 Lunch Plenary: Crawl, Walk, Fly – Getting to Full Integration
Ballroom, Level 400
Rick Domingo, Deputy Vice President, Air Traffic Services
Ed Donaldson, Executive Director, FAA Flight Standards Service
Earl Lawrence, Executive Director, FAA Aircraft Certification Service
Jay Merkle, Executive Director, FAA UAS Integration Office

The FAA is working to integrate drones into the safest, most complex aerospace system in the world. FAA experts discuss how to leverage past successes to build a regulatory framework for the future.
1340 – 1400 Break
1400 – 1510 DAA — State of Play
Ballroom, Level 400
Dallas Brooks, Director, Raspet Flight Research Laboratory, Mississippi State University
Jonathan Daniels, CEO, Praxis Aerospace Concepts International Inc.
Ally Ferguson, Director, Airspace Research, PrecisionHawk
Jarrett Larrow, Aerospace Engineer, FAA Flight Operations Branch
Edward Lester, Chief UTM Architect, AiRXOS
Jay Merkle, Executive Director, FAA UAS Integration Office

The ability to detect-and-avoid (DAA) obstacles, including manned and other unmanned aircraft, is one of the biggest challenges facing the drone industry today. How do we adapt one of the most basic responsibilities of a pilot flying a manned aircraft for drones? Come hear panelists discuss the evolving technologies necessary for drones to safely avoid other aircraft and what gaps still exist.
Get Advice From the Approvers
Room 339 – 342, Level 300
Everette Rochon, Acting Manager, General Aviation and Commercial Division, FAA Flight Standards Service
Randy Willis, Manager, FAA Emerging Technologies Team

It is about your safety case, not about your business case. Hear directly from the FAA experts who look at your applications and waivers. What we look for in a safety case, what tools are at your disposal, and what can you do to get through the process faster.
Certification – Regulatory Gaps for Vehicles, Operations, and Airspace
Room 337 – 338, Level 300
John Bouma, Director of Certification, Bell
Greg Bowles, Head of Government Affairs, Joby Aviation
Alexandra Florin, Drones Project Manager, EASA
Chris Metts, Specialist Executive, Federal – Transportation/Aviation, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Bradley Palmer, Representative of the FAA Flight Standards Service, Executive Director for the UAS Integration Pilot Program
Dr. Mike Romanowski, Policy & Innovation Division Director, Aircraft Certification Service, FAA

We must think beyond just the vehicle and take a holistic approach to solving for today’s transportation and logistics challenges. Join industry leaders for a discussion surrounding the regulatory requirements and needs to bridge the gaps for successful certification and implementation of urban air mobility.
1510 – 1530 BREAK
1530 – 1630 Type Certification for UAS — Back to the Future
Room 339 – 342, Level 300
James Foltz, Manager, Programs & Procedures, FAA Aircraft Certification Service
Melvin Johnson, Deputy Director, Policy and Innovation Division, FAA Aircraft Certification Service

Step into the future of UAS type certification by learning about how past practices of utilizing demonstrated reliability can be a part of compliance substantiation. Come learn about the process to earn a FAA design approval for your UAS that can help to enable operations beyond part 107. This session will teach you how to navigate the §21.17(b) type certification process.
Building Your Operational Risk Assessment
Room 337 – 338, Level 300
Mark Blanks, Director, Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP)
Nicholas Flom, Executive Director, Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site
Alexandra Florin, Drones Project Manager, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
Jeremy Grogan, Part 107 Waiver Team Lead, FAA Flight Standards Service
Jarrett Larrow, Aerospace Engineer, FAA Flight Operations Branch
Andy Thurling, Chief Technology Officer, NUAIR

We often build an ORA from the beginning of the operation to the debrief, but what happens if we work backwards from an incident? Get tips and tools from the experts to ensure you identify all potential hazards and sufficiently mitigate your operational risk.
  IFR, VFR…and now, UTM – The Future of Air Traffic Services
Ballroom, Level 400
Steve Bradford, Chief Scientist, FAA Architecture and NextGen Development
Scot Campbell, Head of System Design, Airbus
Jay Merkle, Executive Director, FAA UAS Integration Office
Lorenzo Murzilli, Manager, Innovation and Advanced Technologies, Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation
Ken Stuart, CEO, AiRXOS

Realizing the full economic benefits and societal impacts of drones depends on integration, not segregation, into our national airspace system. Now that LAANC is deployed nationwide, what is next? And, what does it mean for you? Hear from the experts about the future of facilitating highly automated low altitude operations.
1630 – 1800 Networking Reception

Tuesday, June 4

0700 Registration Open
0800 – 0900 Morning Keynote
Ballroom, Level 400
Michael Chasen, CEO, PrecisionHawk
Garret Graves, House Aviation Subcommittee Ranking Member
0900 – 0920 BREAK
0920 – 1030 Recreational Flying – What’s New?
Room 337 – 338, Level 300
Danielle Corbett, Aviation Safety Inspector, FAA UAS Integration Office
Richard Hanson, President, Academy of Model Aeronautics
Kevin Morris, Aviation Safety Inspector, FAA Flight Standards Service
Bill Stanton, Manager, FAA UAS and Commercial Space Operational Integration

The FAA Reauthorization Act has changed the way recreational drone flyers will be able to fly in the NAS. These changes also bring a common level of safety for all drone pilots. What does this mean for the drone community? Join our panel discussion to hear the latest on how this new law is being implemented and have your questions answered!
Supporting Safety Through Industry Standards
Room 339 – 342, Level 300
James Foltz, Manager, Programs & Procedures, FAA Aircraft Certification Service
Art Hinaman, Manager, Technical Operations, FAA UAS Integration Office
Philip Kenul, Senior Vice President, Aviation and Operations, TriVector Services Inc.
Tracy Lamb, VP of Regulatory and Safety Affairs & Chief Pilot, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
James McCabe, Senior Director, Standards Facilitation, American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
Albert Secen, Vice President, Aviation Technology and Standards, RTCA

In the expanding world of UAS, industry driven standards will help establish a framework to develop a common understanding for both aviation authorities as well as the general public on what drones can do, what they can’t do, and how we interact with them. Come hear this panel discuss the completion of the UAS Standards Roadmap, progress toward filling the standards gaps, and what lies ahead in the world of UAS standards development.
Public Agencies: To Fly Under Part 107 or as a Public Aircraft Operation
Ballroom, Level 400
Robert “Bob” Brock, Kansas Department of Transportation
Deputy Rick Hassna, UAS Team Lead, Alameda County (CA) Sheriff Department
Mike O’Shea, Program Manager, Safety & Integration Division, FAA UAS Integration Office
Karen Petronis, Senior Attorney for Regulations, FAA Chief Counsel’s Office
Charles Werner, CEO Drone Responders Public Safety Alliance (Fire Chief Rst.)

As a public entity, you have two choices for flying your drone – under part 107 or as a public aircraft operation, but how do you choose? Learn what your options are, and how to find the right fit for your operation.
1030 – 1050 BREAK
1050 – 1200

Security Risks: Where Are We with Counter-UAS and What is Next?
Ballroom, Level 400
Justin Barkowski, Staff Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, American Association of Airport Executives
Joe Mazel, Chief, Operational Technology Law Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Angela Stubblefield, FAA Deputy Associate Administrator for Security and Hazardous Materials Safety
Brian Thropp, Director, FAA Systems Operations Security
Carissa VanderMey, Senior Advisor, Department of Homeland Security

We’ll discuss recent counter-UAS authorities granted by Congress, limitations on applying them, what that means to operators, and where counter-UAS technology is headed. This session will also provide a look at what security and critical infrastructure owners can and cannot do now, and what opportunities are on the horizon
  Is Your UAS Safety Case Ready for Flight – Leveraging Research and Operations to Get to Yes
Room 339 - 342, Level 300
Mark Askelson, RIAS Interim Executive Director, University of North Dakota (ASSURE)
Todd Binion, Manager, P&C Claims Vendor Management & Strategy Office, State Farm
Mark Blanks, Director, Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP)
Jeremy Grogan, Part 107 Waiver Team Lead, FAA Flight Standards Service
Sabrina Saunders-Hodge, Director, UAS Research Division, FAA UAS Integration Office
Paul Strande, Deputy Director, UAS Research Division, FAA UAS Integration Office

Apply research, operational validations, risk assessments, and more to improve your safety case and inform the expansion of operational capabilities towards full UAS integration. What are the optimum data sets and the safety case framework to support consistent and repeatable approvals? Learn how research results can help you demonstrate safety to the FAA and hear from operators who have successfully done so.
  Integration Anticipation – Industry Insight Into What Is Next
Room 337-338, Level 300
Steven Hummel, Senior Research Analyst, CTA
Meredith Langstaff, McKinsey & Company
Christopher Lawson, Aerospace Corporation
Michael Lukacs, Deputy Division Manager, Forecast and Performance Analysis Division, FAA Office of Aviation Policy & Plans

Rising drone operations in the U.S. and throughout the world are transforming our daily lives, and even more dramatic changes are in store. How do you know what to expect and what it means for your business? Come hear what the experts are anticipating from this emerging market.
1200 – 1230 BREAK
Boxed Lunch Available – Ballroom, Level 400
1230 – 1340 Lunch Remarks
Ballroom, Level 400
Finch Fulton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation
Lunch Plenary: From Strangers to Partners – Finding Balance Between Safety and Innovation
Ballroom, Level 400
Ali Bahrami, FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety
Teri Bristol, Chief Operating Officer, Air Traffic Organization
Diana Cooper, Senior Vice President of Policy & Strategy, PrecisionHawk
Margaret Nagle, Head of Policy and Government Affairs, Wing

How do the FAA and industry work together to introduce increasingly complex operations into the NAS? Have we found the balance between industry innovation and system safety? Join this discussion to hear the latest on how the FAA and industry are collaborating to advance safety and technology.
1340 – 1400 BREAK
1400 – 1510

The Makings of a BVLOS Solution
(Session also presented on Monday, June 3 at 1050)
Room 339 – 342, Level 3

Paul Albuquerque, Aerospace Engineer, FAA Flight Standards Service
Eileen Lockhart, Xcel Energy
Joey Neptune, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
Jennifer Player, BNSF
Captain Kenneth Voiret, Palm Beach County Sherriff’s Office
Tom Walsh, Unmanned Program Manager, Flight Technologies and Procedures Division, FAA Flight Standards Service

Find out what you need to get approval to fly beyond visual line-of-sight. This session will consider topics like remote ID, spectrum, operational control, and detect and avoid. Industry experts will provide lessons learned for building a safety case to expand your operations
Public Safety Operations – Getting Airborne When Every Second Counts
Room 337 – 338, Level 300
Eric Cady, Special Projects, System Operations Security, FAA Air Traffic Organization

Understand your options to fly a drone in an emergency or other public safety situation. From search and rescue operations and firefighting, to post-disaster damage surveillance, what are the critical steps you need to take to coordinate your operations and deploy rapidly and safely?
  Drone Delivery
Ballroom, Level 400
Sean Cassidy, Director of Safety and Regulatory Affairs, Amazon Prime Air
James Foltz, Manager, Programs & Procedures, FAA Aircraft Certification Service
Margaret Nagle, Head of Policy and Government Affairs, Wing
Brad Palmer, Representative of the FAA Flight Standards Service, Executive Director for the UAS Integration Pilot Program

Drone delivery – we’ve transitioned from asking “is this possible?” to “how and when can we get down to business?” New rules may be coming in the future, but, the FAA is adapting existing regulations to approve operations today. If delivery is in your business plan, come find out what it is going to take to get in the air.
1510 – 1530 BREAK
1530 – 1630 Drones and Airports – Stranger Things Have Happened
Room 339 - 342, Level 300
John Dermody, Director, FAA Airport Safety and Standards
Jim Patterson, Manager, Airport Safety R&D Section
Bill Stanton, Manager, FAA UAS and Commercial Space Operational Integration
Chaim Van Prooyen, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Steve Weidner, UAS representative, National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA)

There are obvious safety considerations and benefits for flying drones in an airport environment. Drones and LAANC offer great benefits for airports, but that doesn’t come without risk. Hear about the best practices for airport operators and local authorities to ensure safe and efficient operations at airports.
  New Kid on the Block: Engagement and Outreach Opportunities
Ballroom, Level 400
Erik Amend, Manager, Executive Office, FAA UAS Integration Office
Tan Kah Han, Senior Director (Safety Regulation Group)/ Director (Airworthiness Certification & Unmanned Aircraft Systems), Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
Félix Meunier, Director, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Task Force, Transport Canada
Andrew Mutabaruka, Head of Quality and Safety, Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority
Jeannie Shiffer, FAA Deputy Assistant Administrator for Corporate Communications
Colonel Vargas, Department of Airspace Control, Brazilian Air Force

As the drone industry continues to take off operators are constantly urged to do their due diligence when it comes to flying in local communities, but are there other ways to prepare the public for these new neighbors? Panelists in this session will share best practices in the U.S. and abroad on how to communicate and connect with communities on safety messaging, media strategies, and measurements of success.
Moving Forward: Maximizing Drone Connectivity for Advanced Operations
Room 337 – 338, Level 300
Mark Davis, Vice President, NGS, Intel
Jeffrey Dygert, Executive Director, Global Public Policy, AT&T Services, Inc.
Matt Fanelli, Director of Strategy, Skyward, A Verizon company
Rob Pappas, Manager, Safety and Integration Division, UAS Integration Office, FAA

Mobile connectivity is a key enabler for drone operations including BVLOS flights over people, night flights and more. This session will explore technology solutions that are advancing UTM and enabling the future of new applications while ensuring the safe integration of drones in the NAS.
  HOLD – AUVSI Led Session
Room 337-338

Wednesday, June 5

0700 – 1600 Registration Open
0800 – 0900 Morning Plenary: The Age of Automation — Future of Flight
Ballroom, Level 400
Chris Anderson, CEO, 3DR
Antonio Campello, President and CEO, Embraer X
Parimal Kopardekar, Director of NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI)
Dr. Tom Prevot, Director, Airspace Systems, Uber
Melissa Tye, Skyward

How is automation changing the role of the regulator? What impact will automated flight decks have on the future of air travel? Hear from industry leaders and regulators how automation can make aviation safer and more effective.
0900 – 0920 BREAK
0920 – 1030 Meet the UAST
Room 337 – 338, Level 300
Sean Cassidy
Ken Kranz, Cognizant
Jay Merkle, Director of Safety and Regulatory Affairs, Amazon Prime Air , Executive Director, FAA UAS Integration Office
Fred Roggero, Resilient Solutions

The UAS Safety Team (UAST) is a partnership between FAA and industry dedicated to promoting safe and responsible behavior in the UAS sector through education and voluntary industry recommendations. Please join the leadership of the UAST as they explain the mission of the UAST, clarify efforts underway to improve safety in our national airspace system, and debut our first set of industry recommendations.
Get Your Drone Business Flying: Tips and Best Practices from FAA Insiders for Getting to YES for Your Part 107 Operational Approvals
Room 339 – 342, Level 300
Rachel Carlstrom, FAA UAS IPP SLT Program Manager
Jeremy Grogan, Part 107 Waiver Team Lead, FAA Flight Standards Service
John Page, Acting Manager, FAA Emerging Technologies Team
Sabrina Saunders-Hodge, Director, UAS Research Division, FAA UAS Integration Office
Paul Strande, Deputy Director, UAS Research Division, FAA UAS Integration Office

Part 107 waivers are your primary avenues for expanding operations beyond line-of-sight and over people, but operators are continually vexed by how to get approved. This session will cover the common elements of waivers that receive FAA approval, how to avoid some of the most common mistakes the FAA sees in waiver applications, and FAA best practices for assessing risk and developing your safety case.
Navigating Security Restrictions
Ballroom, Level 400
Joe Morra, Director, Safety & Integration Division, FAA UAS Integration Office
Charles Raley, Senior Attorney for UAS, FAA Chief Counsel’s Office
Janet Riffe, Manager, Enforcement Standards and Policy Division, FAA Office of Security and Hazardous Materials Safety
Rob Sweet, Manager, Strategic Operations Security, FAA Air Traffic Organization
Guy Turner, FAA National Security Programs & Incident Response

The FAA’s 2018 Reauthorization changed the UAS landscape significantly, particularly when it comes to protecting national security assets and missions from UAS threats. This session will discuss how to navigate the newly emerging security restrictions, so you are not mistaken for a clueless, careless or criminal operator. Come learn how to identify what locations to avoid, and what steps you can take to ensure you accomplish your mission.
1030 – 1050 BREAK
1050 – 1200 Doing Business in the Drone Age
Ballroom, Level 400
Diana Cooper, Senior Vice President of Policy & Strategy, PrecisionHawk
Lisa Ellman, Partner, Hogan Lovells
Jennifer Richter, Aiken Group
Brendan Schulman, Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs, DJI
Eric Schwartz, Lead for UAS Program, Florida Power and Light

We all know that business is booming when it comes to drones. This emerging industry is revolutionizing business operations from nearly every industry by reducing time and costs, enhancing data analytics, and enabling new business models and opportunities. Hear from industry experts on how to tackle challenges associated with the drone market and get tips for unleashing the economic potential for your business.
Streamlining Safety
Room 339 – 342, Level 300
James Foltz, Manager, Programs & Procedures, FAA Aircraft Certification Service
Maggie Geraghty, FAA ATO Safety Manager
Jarrett Larrow, Aerospace Engineer, FAA Flight Operations Branch
Joe Morra, Director, Safety & Integration Division, FAA UAS Integration Office

As more drones enter the NAS, the FAA must take a holistic approach to safety risk management. Come hear about our streamlined process for assessing risk, and what it means for your operation.
Public Agencies: What You Need to Know to Start Your Drone Program
Room 337 – 338, Level 300
Richard Fields, Battalion Chief, Los Angeles City Fire Department
Mike O’Shea, Program Manager, Safety & Integration Division, FAA UAS Integration Office
Brook Rollins, Lieutenant & UAS Program Manager, Arlington (TX) Police Department
Christopher W. Sadler, Deputy Chief, York County Department of Fire and Life Safety

For public entities, getting a “yes” from your town, city, or state to fly a drone is just the first step. How do you get permission from the FAA, and what are the legal and privacy considerations for your operations?
1200 – 1230 BREAK
1230 – 1340 Lunch Plenary: Delivery by Drone — On the Route to Routine
Ballroom, Level 400
Mark Blanks, Director, Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP)
Bailey Edwards, Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs and Environment
Wes Shover, Head of U.S. Operations, Flytrex
Lawrence Williams, Global Business Development Executive, Zipline International
Basil Yap, UAS Program Manager, NC Department of Transportation

Over the last year we’re seen real progress made on the drone delivery front and several companies have forged a path for initial operations through the framework of the UAS Integration Pilot Program. But what will it take to transform these early operations into normal, everyday occurrences? Join this panel as they share progress to date and lessons learned and discuss what’s next when it comes to making drone deliveries as common as your neighborhood mail carrier.
1340 – 1400 BREAK
1400 – 1510

Introducing Your Operation on Main Street: The State and Local Perspective
Ballroom, Level 400
Laura Brown, FAA Deputy Assistant Administrator for Public Affairs
Trevor Woods, Director of Safety, Northern Plains Test Site
Basil Yap, UAS Program Manager, NC Department of Transportation
Greg Agvent, Senior Director, CNN Aerial Imagery & Reporting

Drone technology is still new in many parts society, but there are things you can do as an operator to avoid unexpected interruptions while operating. Experts will provide their perspectives on best practices for state and local coordination, how to address community concerns, and what to consider regarding environmental and noise impacts.
What Is Economic Authority and When Do I Need It?
Room 339 – 342, Level 300
Bob Finamore, Chief, Foreign Air Carrier Licensing Division, Office of the Secretary
Lauralyn Remo Temprosa, Chief, Air Carrier Fitness Division, Office of the Secretary
Damon Walker, Air Carrier Fitness Division, Office of the Secretary

U.S. operators that wish to transport goods or people by aircraft may need to obtain economic authority from the Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST), in addition to any authorities required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Economic authority may also be required for foreign operators, especially for agricultural or specialty air services. The process and the standards are simple and streamlined. In this session, you are invited to visit with the OST staff team that issues economic authority. The team will explain the process and answer any questions that you may have to launch your business.
UAS Mitigation at Airports
Room 337 – 338, Level 300
Justin Burney, Program Manager, Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.
Peter Liu, Drone Services Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Chad Makovsky, Chad Makovsky, EVP, Operations, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
John Pistole, President, Anderson University, Former Administrator, TSA and Former Deputy Director, FBI
Angela Stubblefield, FAA Deputy Associate Administrator for Security and Hazardous Materials Safety
Maureen Swanson, Manager, Public Policy and Partner Engagement, Echodyne

The critical issue of incursions by unauthorized UAS at airports is one of our community’s most difficult challenges. This panel session brings together government, industry and representatives from AUVSI and ACI-NA’s newly formed Blue Ribbon Task Force on UAS Mitigation at Airports to discuss the challenges that intentional and unintentional unauthorized UAS operations create and the steps needed to protect the flying public.
1510 – 1530 BREAK
1530 – 1600 Symposium Closing Keynote
Ballroom, Level 400
Jay Merkle, Executive Director, FAA UAS Integration Office

How To Series

Monday, June 3


All presentations will take place in Room 336, Level 300

1050 – 1120

How To: Be a Responsible Pilot
Kevin Morris, UAS Outreach Team, FAA Flight Standards Service

Being a safe and responsible driver on the road feels like common sense to most of us, but what is expected as the remote pilot in command of a drone operation? Come learn what your responsibilities are to keep the sky (and everything underneath it) safe.
1130 – 1200

How To: Navigate Airspace
Asia Hunter, Air Traffic Specialist, FAA Emerging Technologies Team

Airspace fundamentals may not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering your drone operation, but it is a vital component. Come learn the basics before you take off.
1400 – 1430

How To: Stay Out of Trouble
Danielle Corbett, Aviation Safety Inspector, Safety & Integration Division, FAA UAS Integration Office
Scott Harris, Investigations Specialist, FAA Enforcement Standards & Policy Division

Are you unsure of the dos and don’ts when it comes to drones? Are you trying to fly responsibly, but not sure where to start? Come learn how to keep your drone operation on the straight and narrow, including C-UAS considerations.
1440 – 1510

How To: Be a Responsible Pilot
Kevin Morris, UAS Outreach Team, FAA Flight Standards Service

Being a safe and responsible driver on the road feels like common sense to most of us, but what is expected as the remote pilot in command of a drone operation? Come learn what your responsibilities are to keep the sky (and everything underneath it) safe.
1520 – 1550

How To: Navigate Airspace
Asia Hunter, Air Traffic Specialist, FAA Emerging Technologies Team

Airspace fundamentals may not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering your drone operation, but it is a vital component. Come learn the basics before you take off.
1600 – 1630

How To: Stay Out of Trouble
Danielle Corbett, Aviation Safety Inspector, Safety & Integration Division, FAA UAS Integration Office
Scott Harris, Investigations Specialist, FAA Enforcement Standards & Policy Division

Are you unsure of the dos and don’ts when it comes to drones? Are you trying to fly responsibly, but not sure where to start? Come learn how to keep your drone operation on the straight and narrow, including C-UAS considerations.

Tuesday, June 4


All presentations will take place in Room 336, Level 300

0920 – 0950

How To: Get Permission to Fly BVLOS – Part 107
Jeremy Grogan, Part 107 Waiver Team Lead, FAA Flight Standards Service

The most desirable and elusive of all operational approvals…BVLOS permission is possible, but what does a successful application look like? Walk through the waiver process with one of our experts.
1000 – 1030

How To: Handle a Drone Complaint
Scott Harris, Investigations Specialist, FAA Enforcement Standards & Policy Division
Charles Raley, Senior Attorney for UAS, FAA Chief Counsel’s Office

Calling 9-1-1 for a drone hovering nearby may seem extreme, but that does not mean it is not warranted. From the report to the response, who has the authority to do what, and what are your rights as an operator?
1050 – 1120

How To: Use UAS Facility Maps and LAANC
Langston Majette, Supervisory Aeronautical Information Specialist, FAA Office of Emerging Technologies

Near-instant airspace authorizations have changed the game when it comes to operating in controlled airspace. Learn how we opened up airspace for drones and how to use these tools to get down to business faster.
1130 – 1200 How To: Drone Operations Over 55 lbs.
Jim Malecha, Aviation Safety Inspector, FAA Flight Standards Service

Figuring out where to start for your >55 lb drone operation can feel like a heavy lift. Come learn what your options are if you do not “fit in” with the little guys.
1400 – 1430

How To: Get Permission to Fly BVLOS – Part 107
Jeremy Grogan, Part 107 Waiver Team Lead, FAA Flight Standards Service

The most desirable and elusive of all operational approvals…BVLOS permission is possible, but what does a successful application look like? Walk through the waiver process with one of our experts.
1440 – 1510

How To: Handle a Drone Complaint
Charles Raley, Senior Attorney for UAS, FAA Chief Counsel’s Office
Scott Harris, Investigations Specialist, FAA Enforcement Standards & Policy Division

Calling 9-1-1 for a drone hovering nearby may seem extreme, but that does not mean it is not warranted. From the report to the response, who has the authority to do what, and what are your rights as an operator?
1520 – 1550

How To: Use UAS Facility Maps and LAANC
Langston Majette, Supervisory Aeronautical Information Specialist, FAA Office of Emerging Technologies

Near-instant airspace authorizations have changed the game when it comes to operating in controlled airspace. Learn how we opened up airspace for drones and how to use these tools to get down to business faster.
1600 – 1630 How To: Drone Operations Over 55 lbs.
Jim Malecha, Aviation Safety Inspector, FAA Flight Standards Service

Figuring out where to start for your >55 lb drone operation can feel like a heavy lift. Learn what your options are if you do not “fit in” with the little guys.

Wednesday, June 5


All presentations will take place in Room 336, Level 300

0920 – 0950

How To: Get an Ops. Over People Waiver
Ryan Steinbach, UAS Technical Advisor and Safety Analyst, FAA Flight Standards Service

Many are capturing video of structures and places, but what if your operation is capturing people at events and locations. Walk through the waiver process with our experts to learn what you need to take into consideration for your safety case.
1000 – 1030

How To: Get Approval in an Emergency
Eric Cady, Special Projects, System Operations Security, FAA Air Traffic Organization
Talwyn Haley, Air Traffic Security Specialist, System Operations Support Center

Drones have become an increasingly important tool for responding to emergency situations, but how do you get approval to fly when disaster strikes? Come learn the process today so you are prepared when it counts.
1050 – 1120

How To: Understand and Operate in Class E Airspace
Kevin Morris, UAS Outreach Team, FAA Flight Standards Service

Understanding Class E airspace can be confusing. Join us as we make it simple! You’ll learn where it is, how it affects your UAS operation, and when an Air Traffic Control airspace authorization is required and when it’s not.
1130 – 1200

How To: Get an Ops. Over People Waiver
Ryan Steinbach, UAS Technical Advisor and Safety Analyst, FAA Flight Standards Service

Many are capturing video of structures and places, but what if your operation is capturing people at events and locations. Walk through the waiver process with our experts to learn what you need to take into consideration for your safety case.
1400 – 1430

How To: Get Approval in an Emergency
Eric Cady, Special Projects, System Operations Security, FAA Air Traffic Organization
Talwyn Haley, Air Traffic Security Specialist, System Operations Support Center

Drones have become an increasingly important tool for responding to emergency situations, but how do you get approval to fly when disaster strikes? Come learn the process today so you are prepared when it counts.
1440 – 1510

How To: Understand and Operate in Class E Airspace
Kevin Morris, UAS Outreach Team, FAA Flight Standards Service

Understanding Class E airspace can be confusing. Join us as we make it simple! You’ll learn where it is, how it affects your UAS operation, and when an Air Traffic Control airspace authorization is required and when it’s not.