Ballroom III & IV Foyer, Level 400
||Continental Breakfast Available
Ballroom III & IV Foyer, Level 400
|0800 – 0900
Ballroom III & IV, Level 400
UAS Traffic Management—From Research to Reality
Description: A common framework for UAS traffic management (UTM) that is efficient, scalable and leverages current technologies is critical to industry efforts to safely enable a multitude of business applications and use cases. Deployable and economic solutions that draw upon research, infrastructure capabilities and industry experience are an achievable reality. In this keynote Gur Kimchi will share a vision for the practical, constructive steps operators and service providers can take to achieve this federated model for unmanned traffic management.
Speaker: Gur Kimchi, Vice President of Amazon Prime Air
|0900 – 0920
|0920 – 1035
||Discussion: Drone Delivery – How Close Are We?
Drone delivery has generated significant media buzz for several years now, but how close are we really? This session will explore the evolving regulatory framework around for-hire cargo delivery operations, and delve into the known risks and common challenging facing both regulators and potential operators.
Discussion: Global Integration – Getting on the Same Page
Aviation has always relied on international collaboration, forging connections and engaging in harmonization efforts across governments, industry, and international organizations, like ICAO and JARUS. In this session, representatives from around the world will share insights on the opportunities and challenges of this harmonization process, and will examine which standards and regulations the authorities should focus on to facilitate UAS operations across borders both in the short- and long-term.
Discussion: Improving the User Experience
UAS present issues of volume and pace that the FAA, and much of the aviation industry, have never experienced before – and this is particularly true of the FAA IT system. This breakout will highlight the Agency’s newly streamlined public interface, the FAA DroneZone, and outline future system deployments and enhancements designed to make doing business with the FAA faster and easier.
|1035 – 1055
|1055 – 1145
||Workshop: UAS Detection Technology
It’s one thing to know how to safely operate a UAS – but it’s just as important to be able to protect against errant or malicious operators. Over the past several years the federal government and industry partners have engaged in testing numerous UAS detection technology throughout the country. In this workshop, government representatives will discuss current technologies, limitations on applying them, lessons learned, and the path forward.
Workshop: Flying UAS in Emergencies and Disaster Response
This year’s hurricane season demonstrated the immense advantages to having UAS in your disaster response toolkit. This workshop will outline the process for getting emergency approval for using UAS during and in the immediate aftermath of disasters, including the Special Government Interest (SGI) process, flying in Temporary Flight Restrictions, and lessons learned for on-the-ground coordination.
Workshop: Submitting Airspace Waiver/Authorization Requests
Come learn best practices for requesting airspace authorizations and waivers for 107 operations through the FAA DroneZone and LAANC. This workshop will outline tips and tricks for applying for and complying with your waiver, and give examples of successful waivers and airspace authorizations.
|1145 – 1205
|1205 – 1320
|1320 – 1340
|1340 – 1430
||Workshop: Type Certification
Type certification is not just for manned aircraft – and is an important consideration for manufacturers seeking certification of their UAS beyond Part 107. This session will summarize the role of the operator, industry, and the civil authority in all four segments of UAS operations (non-commercial, part 107, airworthiness based on industry standards, and airworthiness based on full design/production certification by the civil authority) and provide insights into how to start the type certification process.
The management and regulation of the use of radio frequencies is becoming more complex as technology rapidly expansions and as demand for wireless applications (cell phones and wireless broadband) continues to soar. At the same time, the safety of operating aviation systems remains of paramount importance. This workshop will explain what situations require spectrum considerations, and what an operator should consider in these cases.
Workshop: UAS Research – Who’s Doing What to Support Integration
What happens if a UAS hits a person? What are the newest advances in detect and avoid technology? How do we maintain and repair UAS safely? This session will outline the FAA’s research priorities in support of UAS integration, including the main actors and opportunities to get involved.
|1430 – 1445
|1445 – 1535
||Workshop: Experimental Special Airworthiness Certification
So beyond Part 107, what should UAS manufacturers do? Well for one they can obtain experimental certificates, which may be issued for the purposes of research and development, showing compliance with regulations, crew training, exhibition, and/or market survey. This workshop will detail the process for obtaining experimental certification and how it may be used.
Workshop: Part 137 Operator Certification
UAS are increasingly being used in Agricultural Aircraft Operations, including spraying pesticides for agriculture, nutrients for soil health, and for mosquito eradication programs. But the path to being able to spray pesticides is a complex one, requiring close interaction with the FAA. This workshop will detail the certification requirements, including the necessary exemptions from certain sections of parts 107 and 137, to conduct dispensing activities directly affecting agriculture, horticulture or forest preservation.
Workshop: Risk Mitigation in UAS Operations
The core mission of the FAA is safety and we accomplish that by developing procedures and processes to minimize risk. So how do these processes apply to UAS? How do we manage risk while providing a path forward for more complex (and riskier) operations? The FAA has established safety assurance processes for aircraft certification and operations, and safety expectations are applied using risk-based decision making. This session will detail those processes and how they apply to UAS. Attendees will gain background on how the FAA conducts safety analysis of UAS and their operations, and will go into more detail about risk and mitigations to focus on the role of the pilot, airworthiness, operating limitations, and the use of segregated airspace to mitigate risk.
|1535 – 1545
|1545 – 1630
||Symposium Recap & Closing