2019 Workshops and Demos

2020 workshops, trainings and demos will be announced soon. | Sign up when register for the expo.

Each year, leading organizations provide specialized instruction and training for commercial UAS professionals in conjunction with Commercial UAV Expo Americas for an additional fee. 

Many aren’t offered anywhere else! Maximize your time at Commercial UAV Expo Americas by participating in one or more of these sessions and come away with next-level skills that will set you apart.

2020 offerings will be announced in the Spring. Peruse the 2019 offerings below.

Live Outdoor Flying Demonstrations

Monday, October 28th | 7:45AM - 1:00PM | Henderson Equestrian Park North

Seeing drones and software in action provides much-needed insight into their capabilities. Six leading vendors demonstrated a range of drone applications at Henderson Equestrian Park North. Airframe and sensor capabilities were showcased and participants will be able to watch real-time processing solutions and the resulting data sets for the full end-to-end view of the technology. Drone experts were on-hand to narrate real-world scenarios and field questions from the audience. Click here to learn more about the offsite flying demos!

Introduction to UAS Operations and Mapping

Monday, October 28th | 8:00AM - 12:00PM | Pavilion 6

The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) hosted two sessions at this year’s event. Session I was an Introduction to UAS Operations and Mapping. It addressed how to reliably produce accurate mapping products with UAS. In this session, participants learned from industry leaders about how to consistently and reliably produce accurate 2D and 3D data from UAS and actually make money with UAS mapping. Click here to learn more about this workshop.

Advanced UAS Mapping Concepts

Monday, October 28th | 1:00PM - 5:00PM | Pavilion 6

The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) hosted two sessions at this year’s event. Session II focused on Advanced UAS Mapping Concepts. In this session, attendees took an in-depth look at examples where real-world operations and theory collide. Attendees came away with a much richer understanding of pitfalls that are commonly encountered with UAS mapping and how best to avoid them. Click here to learn more about this workshop.

A True View of Drone LIDAR

Monday, October 28th | 8:00AM - 11:00AM or 1:00PM - 4:00PM | Conference Room 7-10

This workshop served as an introduction to planning and conducting Drone LIDAR missions as well as the best practices in post-process of collected data from Drone LIDAR. This workshop was offered at two different times, please select either the morning or afternoon session within registration. Click here to learn more about this workshop.

Processing Large Datasets Workshop

Monday, October 28th | 9:00AM - 5:00PM | Conference Room 12-14

The Pix4D Training Team took a deep dive into processing projects that contain large datasets in this exclusive Pix4D Workshop. Best practices for planning, flying, organizing, and merging projects were covered. In addition, we discussed troubleshooting methods and highlighted the Quality Report. Click here to learn more about this workshop.

Night sUAS (Drone) CSI Demonstration

Tuesday, October 29th | 5:30PM - 8:30PM | West Charleston Boulevard & South Grand Central Parkway

FoxFury, Sundance Media Group, Pix4D, and public safety personnel have created a demonstration workflow for aerial capture of virtually any type of night forensic scene.  This team set up a mock crime scene investigation, by creating a forensic scene in the parking lot at Charleston and Grand Central, a 10 minute trip from the Westgate Resort. The purpose of this free demonstration was to showcase how drones (UAVs / sUAS) are used to capture forensic evidence at the scene, in the dark, and use the data captured to create a map in 2D and 3D for law enforcement use. Click here to learn more about this workshop.

This demo was Free to all registrants. 

AUVSI Trusted Operator Program™ (TOP) Certification

Wednesday, October 30th | 8:00AM - 5:00PM | Conference Room 9-10

This course offered a knowledge to complete the protocol requirements of the AUVSI Trusted Operator Program (TOP). Course included the concepts of regulations, airmanship principles, air law, meteorology theory, principles of flight, general and operational knowledge, flight performance, planning, loading, human factors,  human performance, flight operations, and navigation theory. The major elements were evaluated from an operations knowledge perspective via written examination. Click here to learn more about this workshop.

Prerequisite(s): A TOP Level 1 candidate must possess a Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate with Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems rating.


Practical UAS Project Operations

Wednesday, October 30th | 8:00AM - 12:00PM | Conference Room 12-14

Join the MAPPS experts to learn about practical UAS project specifications, contracting/risk issues, RFP’s, optimal project size, assessing positional accuracy, photogrammetry/GIS deliverables, and much more. As the nonprofit association of private sector geospatial firms in the United States, MAPPS advocates to Congress for sound geospatial policy and program funding in Washington D.C. Moreover, MAPPS is represented on the FAA Rule Making Committee facilitating safe and efficient UAS operation. Click here to learn more about this workshop

Part 107 Test Preparation

Two-day Workshop | Wednesday, October 30th & Thursday, October 31st | 9:00AM - 5:00PM | Conference Room 3

Participants prepared to earn their Remote Pilot In Command (RPIC) certificate under 14 CFR Part 107 with Patrick Sherman, a drone industry pioneer and award-winning instructor. Through two days of lively, engaging classroom sessions using the Part 107 Pilot Candidate Workbook, attendees mastered the knowledge required to pass the FAA’s Airman Knowledge Test and become a commercial drone pilot. Topics included rules and regulations, aerodynamics, navigation, airspace, aeronautical charts, weather, human factors — and more! The class concluded with a full practice exam, to prove you are ready to earn your certificate. Click here to learn more about this training. 

Cost $699. Space is limited and registration is required. 

Night Flight Training

Wednesday, October 30th | 1:30PM - 9:30PM | Conference Room 12-14 / Offsite Location

This one-of-a-kind training session will provide information that will allow pilots to understand the safety issues and physical challenges presented when flying UAVs at night. Learn how to assess and manage the risks associated with night flight. Click here to learn more about this workshop.

Cost $495. Space is limited and registration is required. 

The Commercial UAV Event for:



Drone Delivery

Drone Delivery

Energy & Utilities

Forestry & Agriculture

Infrastructure & Transportation


Mining & Aggregates

Public Safety & Emergency Services


Surveying & Mapping


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