September 7-9, 2021 | The Mirage | Las Vegas


Keynote Presentations include

Over the past year, the industry and the FAA have made substantial progress related to UAS. Operators have received part 135 air carrier certification, the long-awaited remote identification rule was proposed and will soon be finalized, aircraft type certification efforts are underway, and emergency relief and public safety operations have expanded. But where is the FAA really on the path to full integration? This journey began and is progressing deliberately, with an absolute commitment to safety every step of the way. As technology has advanced; experience has been gained through real-world operations, such as those conducted under the UAS Integration Pilot Program. Regulatory efforts have progressed bringing the destination closer every day. In this keynote address, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson will discuss the state of UAS, Today and Onward.

In his Keynote address, Scott will provide an update on threats in critical infrastructure, securing facilities, and resources available for industry including free workshops, training, and webinars through DHS CISA. The goal is protecting key infrastructure and other assets including the electric grid and water resources, and preparing for worst-case scenarios.

Join us on Thursday, September 17th at 9:00AM PT for a keynote presentation by Michael Kratsios, Chief Technology Officer of the United States, The White House. Keynote presentation details coming soon.

The successes of drones deliveries for sending medicine and organs to hospitals quickly, or delivering aid in disaster areas, has not only been a step forward for proof of concept, but the value proposition for drones in these situations is clearer than ever.  What are some of the early success stories and how have deliveries been progressing, particularly throughout the pandemic?  Going forward, what are some of the key policy, regulatory and technological hurdles and enablers that will allow drone deliveries to scale more broadly across the U.S. and what lessons can be learned from drone delivery in the era of a pandemic?”

Panelists include (Left to Right): Lisa Ellman, Executive Director, Commercial Drone Alliance & Partner, Hogan Lovells (Moderator); Kevin Wasik, Head of Global Business Development, UPS Flight Forward Inc.; Ed De Reyes, Chairman and CEO, Sabrewing Aircraft Company, Inc; Margaret Nagle, Head of Policy and Government Affairs, Wing; Conor French, General Counsel, Zipline

Building a Drone Delivery Airline While Balancing the Gender Equation

UPS Flight Forward Inc. has celebrated many things over the last year. In this inspiring Keynote the women on the team will talk about their roles in the successful drone airline and how they’re advocating for women to hold leadership positions in this new industry. 

Panelists include (Left to Right): Beth Ann Troutman Staley, Business Development, UPS Flight Forward Inc.(Moderator); Olivia De Angelis, UAS Industrial Engineer, UPS Flight Forward Inc.; Candice McHargue, Maintenance Controller, UPS Flight Forward Inc.; Caesha Putt, HR Business Partner, UPS Flight Forward Inc.

As mentioned by FAA Administrator Dickson in his Keynote yesterday, Erik will lead this discussion first with a regulatory update and will then engage panelists in candid discussion about their IPP experiences and lessons learned. And, of key interest to everyone, panelists will discuss UAS expanded operations: needs and next steps.

Panelists include (Left to Right): Erik W. Amend, Manager of the Executive Office, FAA (Moderator); Katelyn McCauley, Program Manager, San Diego IPP; Cathy Cahill, Director of ACUASI, University of Alaska IPP; Mark Blanks, Director of the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership/Operations Manager, Virginia IPP; Eileen Lockhart, UAS Program Manager, Xcel Energy

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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