Agenda

Agenda (As of February 26, 2018)

The 2018 UAS Symposium provides stakeholders with the opportunity to talk face-to-face with a cross-section of government and industry representatives about regulations, research and initiatives to integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS).

This year’s agenda is based on stakeholder feedback and focuses on industry partnerships as well as how to overcome technical challenges to safe UAS operations. The FAA will operate a resource center during the symposium to provide technical support on authorizations, waivers, Part 107 requirements, and other policies and regulations.

Stop by anytime to have your questions answered by staff from the FAA’s Flight Standards Service, Air Traffic Organization, and other policy and IT experts.

Tuesday, March 6
0700 Registration Open

Ballroom III & IV Foyer, Level 400

0730 Continental Breakfast Available

Ballroom III & IV Foyer, Level 400

0900 – 0940 Welcome and Conference Keynotes

Ballroom III & IV, Level 400

Catherine Pugh, Mayor of Baltimore
Brian Wynne, President & CEO, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
Michael Kratsios, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy US Technology Officer, Executive Office of the President
Dan Elwell, Acting Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration

940 – 1040 FAA Leadership Panel – Setting the Stage

Ballroom III & IV, Level 400

Moderator: Carl Burleson, Acting Deputy Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
Tim Arel, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, FAA Air Traffic Organization
Ali Bahrami, Associate Administrator, FAA Aviation Safety Organization
Angela Stubblefield, Deputy Associate Administrator, FAA Security and Hazardous Materials Safety Organization
Sean Torpey, Acting Chief Information Officer, FAA Finance and Management Organization

In this opening panel, key FAA offices give an overview of their policy responsibilities, how their organizations approach UAS integration, and what they’re currently focused on. This session provides insights into the challenges the FAA faces with competing priorities and the importance of working as a community to move forward on UAS integration.

1040 – 1100 BREAK
1100 – 1150 Workshop: UAS Rulemaking – From Idea to Implementation

Room 339/340

Finch Fulton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, Department of Transportation
Lirio Liu, Executive Director, FAA Office of Rulemaking
Nan Shellabarger, Executive Director, FAA Office of Policy and Plans

In traditional aviation, we’re used to technology taking years to mature. UAS have considerably shortened that timeline, and it’s no secret that it can be a challenge for government to keep up. Come get familiar with the FAA’s rulemaking process and learn about the external factors that impact rulemaking timelines and outcomes.


Workshop: Understanding Remote Pilot Responsibilities

Room 341/342

Jim Malecha, UAS Liaison, Commercial and General Aviation Division, FAA Flight Standards Service
Joe Morra, Director, Safety Operations Branch, FAA UAS Integration Office
Tracy Lamb, Vice President of Regulatory and Safety Affairs, Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International
Taylor Mitcham, Chief Drone Ninja, SkyNinja

The FAA has already issued over 75,000 remote pilot certificates – and that number continues to grow rapidly. This workshop will explore the important responsibilities of the growing remote pilot community (including hobbyist/noncommercial operators) to address risks to nonparticipants on the ground and to other aircraft sharing airspace with them in the NAS.


Workshop: Flying in the National Airspace System Today

Room 343/344

Scott Gardner, Acting Manager for UAS Tactical Operations, Emerging Technologies, FAA Air Traffic Organization
Randy Willis, Manager, Emerging Technologies, FAA Air Trafffic Organization

The potential benefits of operating UAS are completely lost if you can’t fly where and when you need to. This session will discuss the various methods that operators can use to gain access to the national airspace system and the specifics related to each type of operation including processing criteria, application requirements, and operator requirements.

1150 – 1220 BREAK
1220 – 1330 Lunch Panel: UAS in Today's NAS – What Are You Waiting For?

Ballroom III & IV, Level 400

Moderator: Earl Lawrence, Executive Director, FAA UAS Integration Office
John Duncan, Executive Director, FAA Flight Standards Service
Jay Merkle, Deputy Vice President, Program Management Organization, FAA Air Traffic Organization
Mel Johnson, Deputy Director, Policy & Innovation, FAA Aircraft Certification Service

In this panel, FAA senior leaders will outline the Agency’s UAS integration philosophy, the framework for operations today, and its vision for a future regulatory structure. How does the Agency balance the needs of our internal organizations and consider risks when addressing requirements for aircraft certification, operator certification, and operational integration? Numerous external pressures are pushing the FAA to go faster, while the FAA’s safety mission and core business model are built to be deliberative and slow. What has FAA leadership done to adapt the way we do business and to embrace the new reality that requires us to change and to be nimble and flexible?

1330 – 1350 BREAK
1350 – 1500 Policy Discussion: Unblocking the Potential for Flying Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight

Room 339/340

Ali Bahrami, FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety
John Duncan, Executive Director, FAA Flight Standards Service
Bill Davis, Executive Director, Emerging Technology Integration, FAA Air Traffic Organization
Paul McDuffee, Vice President of Government Relations, Insitu

Everybody’s next steps rely on how they can operate beyond visual line-of-sight, which offers limitless potential. But how can operators ensure that BVLOS operations are done safely, and how do we ensure future scalability? This session will explore regulatory precedents and risk mitigation strategies, as well as how industry can help the FAA move the needle forward.


Policy Discussion: Legislation and Regulation – Who's in Charge of What?

Room 341/342

Moderator: Mark Aitken, Senior Policy Advisor, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Finch Fulton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Department of Transportation
Doug Johnson, Vice President for Technology Policy, Consumer Technology Association
Lorelei Peter, Assistant Chief Counsel for Regulations, FAA Office of the Chief Counsel
Jackie Keshian, Senate Cmmerce Committee (invited)

Do buzzwords like “legislation” and “regulation” all mean the same thing to you? Wondering about the FAA’s upcoming reauthorization, funding levels, and policy priorities? This session will outline the relationship between legislators and regulators, and Congressional staffers will offer insight into areas of focus for upcoming legislation.


Policy Discussion: Forecasting and Emerging Markets – Looking in the Crystal Ball

Room 343/344

Nan Shellabarger, Executive Director, FAA Office of Policy and Plans
Virginia Stouffer, Program Manager for Aviation and Operations Research, LMI
Jack Cutts, Director of Business Intelligence and Research, Consumer Technology Association
Ed Waggoner, Integrated Aviation Systems Program (IASP) Director, NASA

With technology and innovation blazing ahead at warp speed, come get a sneak peek on expected market outlooks from FAA and industry experts and provide feedback on the FAA’s latest UAS forecast.

1500 – 1520 BREAK

Afternoon Snack Available – Level 300

1520 – 1620 Workshop: A Beginner’s Guide to Preemption

Room 339/340

Charles Trippe, Chief Counsel, Federal Aviation Administration
Steven G. Bradbury, General Counsel, Department of Transportation
Gregory S. Walden, McGuire Woods
Bailey Edwards, FAA Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs, and Environment

As UAS operations become more prevalent, many states and local jurisdictions have concerns about safety, privacy, and other issues. UAS operators need to know what rules apply, and who to turn to when they have concerns. Who controls the airspace, and who polices UAS operators? Come hear the FAA and other panelists discuss preemption and who has the power to regulate.


Workshop: LAANC – Lessons Learned and Leaning Forward

Room 341/342

Jay Merkle, Deputy Vice President, Program Management Organization, FAA Air Traffic Organization
Bill Stanton, LAANC Liaison, FAA Air Traffic Organization
Bill Goodwin, Head of Legal Affairs, AirMap
Matt Fanelli, Director of Strategy, Skyward

LAANC is a new industry-developed application that gives drone operators fast access to approved altitudes in controlled airspace, supplementing the manual process and reducing wait time from months to seconds. Come hear what to expect during the nationwide rollout and find out how additional industry partners can get involved.


Workshop: Unsafe/Unauthorized UAS – What Can You Do?

Room 343/344

Janet Riffe, Manager, Enforcement Standards and Policy Division, FAA Office of Security and Hazardous Materials Safety
Charles Raley, Senior Attorney for UAS, FAA Chief Counsel’s Office
Lt. Eric Hamm, Deputy Commander, DSP Aviation-South

The increasing number of UAS has placed additional requirements on law enforcement. In this session, the FAA’s General Counsel and Law Enforcement Assistance Program (LEAP) will lead a workshop on what authority state and local agencies have when responding to public safety and privacy concerns. Attendees will learn what resources are available to them and how to leverage existing authorities to ensure public safety and security.

1630 –1800 Welcome Reception

Camden Lobby, Level 300

 
Wednesday, March 7
0700 Registration Open

Ballroom III & IV Foyer, Level 400

0730 Continental Breakfast Available

Ballroom III & IV Foyer, Level 400

0800 – 0900 Morning Roundtable – Moving Forward Together

Ballroom III & IV, Level 400

Moderator: Brian Wynne, President & CEO, Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International
Derek Kan, Under Secretary for Policy, Department of Transportation
Anil Nanduri, Vice President, New Technology Group General Manager, Unmanned Aviation Systems, Intel Corporation

0900 – 0920 BREAK
0920– 1030 Policy Discussion: The Future of UAS Remote Identification

Room 339/340

Earl Lawrence, Executive Director, FAA UAS Integration Office
Steve Bradford, FAA Chief Scientist for NextGen
Jay Merkle, Deputy Vice President, Program Management Office, FAA Air Traffic Organization
Josh Holtzman, Director, Office of National Security and Incident Response, FAA Office of Security and Hazardous Materials Safety

A crucial component of UAS integration efforts is remote identification and tracking technology. This past summer, the FAA enlisted law enforcement representatives and members of the UAS industry to provide the FAA with recommendations on security requirements and technological availability for UAS ID and tracking. This session will provide an overview of these issues, as well as an update on rulemaking efforts and obstacles to rulemaking.


Policy Discussion: Conducting High Altitude Operations

Room 341/342

Gary Norek, Acting Director, Operational Concepts Validation and Requirements, FAA Air Traffic Organization
Craig Hoover, Director, Advanced Technology Marketing, GE Aviation & UAS in Controlled Airspace ARC Co-Chair
Martin Gomez, Director of Aeronautical Platforms, Facebook
Jesse Kallman, President, Airbus Aerial
Leo Bouygues, Program Manager, Project Leon, X

Lately, the focus of UAS integration has been on smaller UAS at low altitudes – but there are many companies that are looking much higher than that. As demand for access to Class A and Upper E airspace grows, the FAA is working with industry to develop standards for high altitude UAS operations for surveillance, communications, and internet service. Hear from some of the companies and organizations working to go higher.


Policy Discussion: We're Talking Drone Safety – Who's Listening?

Room 343/344

Jeannie Shiffer, FAA Deputy Associate Administrator for Corporate Communications
Erik Amend, Manager, Executive Office, FAA UAS Integration Office
Andrea Brands, Director of Citizenship and Sustainability, AT&T
Taylor Mitcham, Chief Drone Ninja, SkyNinja
Eno Umoh, Founder and CEO, Global Air Media

As more unmanned aircraft take flight, how do we – industry and government—cultivate a safety culture for UAS operations across the county? This session will consider strategies for fostering cross-platform education and communication that can be employed to encourage safe operations, best practices, and responsibility within the unmanned arena. Participants will be encouraged to offer new ideas and share resources with the broader stakeholder community.

1030 – 1050 BREAK
1050 – 1150 Workshop: Flying Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight Today

Room 339/340

Brad Palmer, Manager, General Aviation and Commercial Division, FAA Flight Standards Service
Randy Willis, Manager, Emerging Technologies
Catherine Bramlett, UAS Operations Manager, BNSF Railway
Randall Warnas, Global Sales Manager for UAS Technology, FLIR Systems

We know the potential applications for operations beyond visual line-of-sight are unlimited, but where do you start? Is there only one path? Who do you need to talk to first? The process can seem overwhelming. This workshop will run through scenarios and outline what the FAA needs from you to get to yes when it comes to BVLOS operations.


Workshop: International Operators in the United States

Room 341/342

Tricia Stacey, Director, International Division, FAA UAS Integration Office
John Swigart, Aviation Safety Inspector, Flight Technologies and Procedures Division, FAA Flight Standards Service
Bob Finnamore, Foreign Air Carrier Licensing Division Chief, Department of Transportation

Part 107 provides clear guidance to operators using aircraft registered in the United States. But what is the process for foreign operators to fly their UAS in the U.S.? This workshop will provide information on options and considerations for registration, piloting, and operation of small UAS by foreign operators wanting to do business in the U.S. under Part 107.


Workshop: UAS Standards – What Exists and What's Coming

Room 343/344

James Foltz, UAS Program Manager, Policy and Innovation Division, FAA Aircraft Certification Office
Art Hinaman, Technical Operations Branch Manager, FAA UAS Integration Office
Jim McCabe, Senior Director, Standards Facilitation, American National Standards Institute
Margaret Jenny, President, RTCA

There is a flurry of activity regarding standards development for UAS – which are instrumental in the future of UAS operations. Numerous organizations are developing standards for operations, certification, and risk mitigation, and this session discusses the standards work that is ongoing, and the use cases where these standards can be applied to help enable future operations with UAS.

1150 – 1220 BREAK

Boxed Lunch Available – Ballroom III & IV Foyer, Level 400

1220 – 1330 Lunch Panel: Dreaming of Electric Sheep

Boxed Lunch Available – Ballroom III & IV Foyer, Level 400

Moderator: Derek Kan, Under Secretary for Policy, Department of Transportation
Michael Thacker, Executive Vice President of Technology and Innovation, Bell Helicopter
Jesse Kallman, President, Airbus Aerial
John Langford, Chairman and CEO, Aurora Flight Services (invited)

Each year we encounter new possibilities and new technologies – industry is going higher, farther, and faster. Hear from industry on the next phases of their research, technology, and operational developments for the next (but definitely not final) frontier.

1330 – 1350 BREAK
1350 – 1500 Policy Discussion: Understanding and Enabling Air Traffic Management for UAS

Room 339/340

Steve Bradford, Chief Scientist for NextGen, Federal Aviation Administration
Jay Merkle, Deputy Vice President, Program Management Organization, FAA Air Traffic Organization
Parimal Kopardekar (PK), Senior Technologist for Air Transportation System, NASA
Susan Roberts, General Electric
Matt Fanelli, Director of Strategy, Skyward

What is UAS traffic management? How will it translate into operational scalability in real world airspace? The answers probably vary depending on who you ask. This breakout session will focus on the FAA’s perspective on the concept for a UAS traffic management ecosystem, including identifying known gaps and common misconceptions.


Policy Discussion: Drones at Airports – Who Can Do What?

Room 341/342

Winsome Lenfert, Acting Associate Administrator for Airports, Federal Aviation Administration
Maurice Hoffman, Acting Director, Air Traffic Procedures, FAA Air Traffic Organization
Dean Schultz, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Reno-Tahoe International Airport
Chaim Van Prooyen, Project Manager, Planning & Development, Atlanta International Airport
Justin Towles, Vice President, Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE)

UAS operating on or near airports can provide great benefits, but also pose unique risks. This breakout session will focus on best practices for airport operators and local authorities, including what authority an airport or local official has to ensure safe and efficient airport operations.


Policy Discussion: Drones and Public Safety – Useful Tool or Public Nuisance?

Room 343/344

Joe Morra, Director, Safety and Integration Division, FAA UAS Integration Office
Rob Sweet, Manager, Strategic Operations Security, FAA Air Traffic Organization
Robin Murphy, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University
Chris Sadler, Vice Chair, National Council on Public Safety UAS

As the impact of urban disasters and extreme incidents is increasing, UAS have proven to be a valuable tool for emergency responses efforts. This session will explore possible applications and challenges for using drones in public safety work, and consider policy and best practice improvements for government and industry.

1500 – 1520 BREAK

Afternoon Snack Available – Level 300

1520 – 1620 Workshop: Autonomous Vehicles – Lessons Learned for and From UAS

Room 339/340

Mel Johnson, Deputy Director of Policy and Innovation, FAA Aircraft Certification Service
Adi Singh, Principal Scientist, UAV Systems, Ford Motor Company
Mark Moore, Director of Engineering for Vehicle Systems, Uber
Dr. Dean Bushey, Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Information Technology, Florida Polytechnic University

From selfie drones to flying cars, autonomous operations present the archetypical image of the future of aircraft. This industry-led workshop takes the lessons learned from unmanned vehicle technology and regulation and applies them to the UAS industry.


Workshop: Conducting Public Aircraft Operations

Room 341/342

Scott Gardner, Acting Manager, Tactical Operations, Emerging Technologies
Karen Petronis, Senior Attorney for Regulations, FAA Chief Counsel’s Office
Brad Palmer, Manager, General Aviation and Commercial Division, FAA Flight Standards Service

Local, state, and federal governments have more than one way to operate UAS – depending on the type of mission they are conducting. This workshop will walk through the approval process for public aircraft operations, including what constitutes a PAO, the steps for getting a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA), and considerations for public operators who may be choosing between flying under a public COA vs. Part 107.


Workshop: Submitting Operational Waiver Requests

Room 343/344

Everette Rochon, Part 107 Policy Implementation Lead, FAA Flight Standards Service
Jeremy Grogan, Aviation Safety Inspector, FAA Flight Standards Service
Diana Cooper, Senior Vice President, Policy & Strategy, PrecisionHawk
Emily Avant, Senior Counsel, CNN/Turner Broadcasting System

Part 107 provides the first-ever foundation for UAS regulations in the country – and one of its most popular components is waivers. However, it’s one thing to want a waiver and another thing to obtain one. Come learn the key elements of how to create a complete FAA operational waiver application. This workshop is a hands-on, collaborative discussion on how to submit a complete application and here from industry representatives who were some of the very first to receive complex waivers.

 
Thursday, March 8
0700 Registration Open

Ballroom III & IV Foyer, Level 400

0730 Continental Breakfast Available

Ballroom III & IV Foyer, Level 400

0800 – 0900 Morning Keynotes

Ballroom III & IV, Level 400

UAS Traffic Management—From Research to Reality

Gur Kimchi, Vice President of Amazon Prime Air

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.

Gur Kimchi is co-founder and vice president of Prime Air, Amazon’s future drone delivery system designed to safely transport packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. In this role, Kimchi leads a growing team of aviation, robotics, hardware and software experts in the development of Prime Air vehicles, systems and operations.

0900 – 0920 BREAK
0920 – 10350 Policy Discussion: Drone Delivery – How Close Are We?

Room 339/340

Earl Lawrence, Executive Director, FAA UAS Integration Office
John Duncan, Executive Director, FAA Flight Standards Service
Mel Johnson, Deputy Director, Policy & Innovation, FAA Aircraft Certification Service

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.


Policy Discussion: Improving the User Experience

Room 341/342

Jim Stroiney, Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer, FAA Office of Information and Technology
Jeannie Shiffer, FAA Deputy Assistant Administrator for Corporate Communications
Tim Shaver, Deputy Director, Office of Safety Standards, FAA Flight Standards Service

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.


Policy Discussion: Global Integration – Getting on the Same Page

Room 343/344

Tricia Stacey, Director, International Division, FAA UAS Integration Office
Brendan Schulman, Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs, DJI
Lorenzo Murzilli, Manager, Innovation and Advanced Technologies, Federal Office of Civil Aviation of Switzerland
Matt Fanelli, Director of Strategy, Skyward

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.

1030 – 1050 BREAK
10550 – 1150 Workshop: UAS Detection Technology

Room 339/340

Angela Stubblefield, Deputy Associate Administrator for Security and Hazardous Materials Safety, FAA
Anh Duong, Executive Officer, Science & Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security
Brendan Groves, Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
Elizabeth Soltys, UAS Security Program Manager, FAA Office of Security and Hazardous Materials Safety

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

Room 341/342

Joe Morra, Director, Safety and Integration Division, FAA UAS Integration Office
Gary Miller, Manager, Tactical Operations, FAA Systems Operations Security
Taylor Mitcham, Chief Drone Ninja, SkyNinja
Chris Courtney, Chief Pilot and Senior Vice President of Operations, Measure

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

Room 343/344

Scott Gardner, Acting Manager, Emerging Technologies, UAS Tactical Operations, FAA Air Traffic Organization
Randy Willis, Manager, Emerging Technologies

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.

1150 – 1220 BREAK

Boxed Lunch Available – Ballroom III & IV Foyer, Level 400

1220 – 1330 Lunch Panel: Moving from Paper to Pixels – Confessions of a Government Bureaucrat

Ballroom III & IV, Level 400

Moderator: Earl Lawrence, Executive Director, FAA UAS Integration Office
John Allen, Vice President & Chief Safety Officer, JetBlue & Drone Advisory Committee Subcommittee Co-Chair
Sean Cassidy, Director of Safety and Regulatory Affairs, Amazon Prime Air and & Drone Advisory Committee Subcommittee Co-Chair
Brian Wynne, President and CEO, Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International
Matt Zuccaro, President, Helicopter Association International

Anyone who remembers getting printed copies of the Federal Register in the mail or picking up navigation charts from the printer knows that the government can be more than a little slow to adopt new ideas, technology, and ways of doing business. But we can’t afford to hit the brakes on unmanned technologies. This panel of industry collaborators, moderated by the FAA’s Executive Director of UAS Integration, will discuss how working across public and private sectors can ultimately create a better environment for innovation and safety.

1330 – 1350 BREAK
1350 – 1440 Workshop: UAS Type Certification – Worth the Effort?

Room 339/340

Kevin Hull, Manager, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office, Federal Aviation Administration
James Foltz, UAS Program Manager, Policy and Innovation Division, FAA Aircraft Certification Office
Andy Thurling, Director of Product Safety & Mission Assurance, AeroVironment

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.


Workshop: A Beginner's Guide to Spectrum Policy

Room 341/342

Ian Atkins, Group Manager, Spectrum Engineering and Policy Office, FAA Air Traffic Organization
Art Hinaman, Technical Operations Branch Manager, FAA UAS Integration Office
Jennifer Richter, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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

Room 343/344

Sabrina Saunders-Hodge, Director, UAS Research Division, FAA UAS Integration Office
Nick Lento, Manager, New Entrants, FAA NextGen Office
Mark Blanks, Director, Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP)
Steve Luxion, Deputy Director, ASSURE FAA UAS Center of Excellence
Davis Hackenberg, Deputy Project Manager, UAS Integration in the NAS, NASA

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.

1440 – 1500 BREAK

Afternoon Snack Available – Level 300

1500 – 1550 Workshop: Experimental Special Airworthiness Certification

Room 339/340

Brian Cable, Manager, Airworthiness, FAA Aircraft Certification Service
Tom Rampulla, Aviation Safety Inspector, FAA Aircraft Certification Service
Frank Paskiewicz, Vice President, The Padina Group

What options do UAS manufacturers and operators have beyond part 107? Obtaining special airworthiness certificates is one option. An experimental certifiate 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: Getting an Agricultural Operator Certification (Part 137)

Room 341/342

Jim Malecha, UAS Liaison, Commercial and General Aviation Division, FAA Flight Standards Service
Grant Canary, CEO, DroneSeed

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

Room 343/344

Wes Ryan, Unmanned Aircraft Certification Lead, FAA Flight Standards Service
James Schroeder, Safety Engineer, FAA Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention
Maggie Geraghty, Manager, Safety Management Group, FAA Air Traffic Organization
Tracy Lamb, Vice President of Regulatory and Safety Affairs, Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International
Lorenzo Murzilli, Manager, Innovation and Advanced Technologies, Federal Office of Civil Aviation of Switzerland

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.

1550 – 1610 BREAK
1610 – 1630 Symposium Recap & Closing

Ballroom III & IV – Level 400

Earl Lawrence, Executive Director, FAA UAS Integration Office