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General Sessions

Day 1 – Tuesday, February 12, 2019

07:00 Registration Open
09:30 – 10:30 Welcome and Opening Keynotes(s)
10:30 – 10:50 BREAK
10:50 – 12:00 Understanding Your Options and Getting Your Operations Started

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.
Building Your Operational Risk Assessment

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.
What Does the FAA Reauthorization Act Mean for the Drone Industry?

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.
12:00 – 12:30 BREAK
12:30 – 13:40 Lunch Plenary: From Strangers to Partners – Finding Balance Between Safety and Innovation

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.
13:40 – 14:00 Public Agencies: What You Need to Know to Start Your Drone Program

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?
Get Advice From the Approvers

It is about your safety case, not about your business case. Hear directly from the experts who look at your applications. 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.
Getting Approval to Fly Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight (BVLOS)
(Session also presented on Wednesday, February 13 at 14:00)

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.
15:10 – 15:30 BREAK
15:30 – 16:30 Introducing Your Operation on Main Street: The State and Local Perspective

Drone technology is still a new advent in 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.
Weather’s Impact on Drone Operations

Weather greatly affects aviation, and drones are no exception. The elements, including wind, fog, temperature and pressure changes, can affect your flight in different ways, and many reported drone accidents stem from weather. Hear from the operational experts about the meteorological impacts, and how to mitigate potential hazards.
Drone Delivery
(Session also presented on Wednesday, February 13 at 14:00)

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.

Day 2 – Wednesday, February 13, 2019

07:00 Registration Open
08:00 – 09:00 Morning Keynote(s)
09:00 – 09:20 BREAK
09:20 – 10:30 You Buy It, You Break It, You Own It.

As a business owner, operator, or supervisor you have responsibilities when using a drone. From fleet maintenance and crew management, to certification, to safety. Hear from industry experts on how to meet your obligations.
Streamlining Safety

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 business.
Public Agencies: To Fly Under Part 107 or as a Public Aircraft Operation -That is the Question

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
10:30 – 10:50 BREAK
10:50 – 12:00 Security Risks: Where Are We with Counter-UAS and What is Next?

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.
Recreational Flying – Welcome to the NAS!

You may have heard that the recent FAA Reauthorization Law establishes FAA regulatory authority over all drones operating in the NAS, but, what does that mean for you? Consistent airspace rules for all drone operations will level the playing field and pave the way for routine advanced operations. Hear the latest on how this new law is being implemented.
Integration Anticipation – Industry Insight Into What Is Next

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.
12:00 – 12:30 BREAK
12:30 – 13:40 Lunch Plenary: The Route to Routine is Paved With Collaboration

The FAA is leading the path to integrating drones into the safest most complex aerospace system in the world. Let us look at the big picture – how to leverage our successes from the past to build a regulatory framework for the future.
13:40 – 14:00 BREAK
14:00 – 15:10 IFR, VFR…and now, UTM – The Future of Air Traffic Services

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.
Drone Delivery
(Session also presented on Tuesday, February 13 at 15:30)

Drone delivery – we have 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.
Getting Approval to Fly Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight (BVLOS)
(Session also presented on Tuesday, February 12 at 14:00)

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.
15:10 – 15:30 BREAK
15:30 – 16:30 Public Safety Operations – Getting Airborne When Every Second Counts

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?
Drones and Airports – Stranger Things Have Happened

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.
Should You Type Certify Your Drone?

Type certification is not quick nor easy, but is it worth it for your operation? Demonstrating that your aircraft will meet FAA safety expectations and protects the public takes time and resources, but it can help you expand your operations down the road. Learn how to navigate the process and what it could mean for your pushing your operational envelope.

Day 3 – Thursday February 14, 2019

07:00 – 08:30 Registration Open
07:30 – 08:20 Morning Keynote(s)
08:20 – 08:40 BREAK
08:40 – 09:50 Drone Programs – Policies, Planning & Procedures

Getting your drone program up and running is a significant first step, but where do you go from there? What tools are at your disposal and how can you leverage them? What processes and procedures should you implement? Hear best practices for managing your program.
Never Make the Same Mistake Twice – Waiver Tips

Part 91 & 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 how to avoid some of the most common mistakes the FAA sees in waiver applications.
Navigating Security Restrictions

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.
09:50 – 10:10 BREAK
10:10 – 11:20 New Kid on the Block: Engagement and Outreach Opportunities

As the drone industry continues to take off we constantly urge operators 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.
Scaling Safety

The bigger your business gets, the more responsibilities you have. How do you scale for safety as your operations grow? Hear from industry experts about how to manage your safety program, public outreach, customer commitment, and resources effectively.
Get Your Drone Business Flying: Leveraging Safety Standards & Research

Standards development and research efforts are underway across the UAS community, but how do you take advantage of these efforts to get your business off the ground? Learn how standards and research results can help you demonstrate safety to the FAA and hear from operators who have successfully leveraged both.
11:20 – 11:40 BREAK
11:40 – 12:30 Lunch Plenary: The Age of Automation - Future of Flight

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.
12:30 – 12:50 BREAK
12:50 – 14:30 Sessions Coming Soon
14:30 – 15:00 Symposium Closing Keynote(s)

How To Series

Day 1 – Tuesday, February 12, 2019

11:30 – 12:00 How To: Be a Responsible Pilot

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.
11:30 – 12:00 How To: “Navigate” Airspace

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.
14:00 – 14:30 How To: Stay Out of Trouble

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.
14:40 – 15:10 How To: Be a Responsible Pilot

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.
15:20 – 15:50 How To: “Navigate” Airspace

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.
16:00 – 16:30 How To: Stay Out of Trouble

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.

Day 2 – Wednesday, February 13, 2019

09:20 – 09:50 How To: Use UAS Facility Maps and LAANC

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.
10:50 – 11:20 How To: Handle a Drone Complaint

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?
11:30 – 12:00 How To: Drone Operations Over 55 lbs.

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.
14:00 – 14:30 How To: Use UAS Facility Maps and LAANC

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.
14:40 – 15:10 How To: Handle a Drone Complaint

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?
15:20 – 15:50 How To: Get an Ops Over People Waiver

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.
16:00 – 16:30 How To: Drone Operations Over 55 lbs.

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.

Day 3 – Thursday, February 14, 2019

08:40 – 09:10 How To: Get Permission to Fly BVLOS –Part 107

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.
09:20 – 09:50 How To: Get Approval in an Emergency

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.
10:10 – 10:40 How To: Get Permission to Fly BVLOS–Part 107

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.
10:50 – 11:20 How To: Get Approval in an Emergency

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.