Commercial UAV Expo content at Amsterdam Drone Week  

September 3-5, 2024  •  Caesars Forum  •  Las Vegas

Session Details

Drone Program Realities

Sep 06 2023

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM PDT

Exhibit Hall Theater

Awareness of what drones are capable of or where they can make a difference is not enough to truly create value for stakeholders. That awareness is the foundation upon with operational processes and procedures need to be built, regardless of whether they’re a one-off or designed to work at scale.

What does it take to build a strong drone company? What has it meant to achieve success with the technology in a way that makes sense for both drone service providers and their customers? A panel of industry experts will come together to answer these questions as part of operational processes that need to be considered before and after takeoff.


Before Takeoff: Regulation, Safety and Legal Exposure

Enabling cost-effective, scalable UAV operations is the goal for many operators and organizations, but legalities and logistics are foundational elements of that endeavor. How can operators protect their legal exposure and reputation? How will safety management systems (SMS) define an operation? What are some of the lessons learned developing and gaining approval for BVLOS operations?

These questions and more will be answered by a panel of experts along with details regarding:

•            Insights on the FAA’s efforts to make safety management systems compulsory for 14 CFR 135 operators.

•            The legalities of customers and drone service providers sharing data

•            What it takes for the FAA to approve BVLOS operations

Panel moderated by Matt Clark. Panelists include Jason Starke, Wendy Ljungren, and Todd Basile

After Takeoff: Drone Data Details

Drones have the ability to gather vast amounts of incredibly comprehensive data, but creating value with the technology is all about ensuring that data can be integrated into an action-orientated workflows. Parsing the vast amount of data captured by a drone can be a very complex task, with issues relating to access, ownership and governance all having to be outlined long before the drone operation is complete. 

A panel of experts will outline the best approach to this process and will also explore these specific questions: 

•            Why is it critically important that you take ownership of all your sensor data?

•            What role does data play in building success for your drone company?

•            How will you connect to an existing data processing platform?

•            Can cloud-based applications interact with and federate your enterprise spatial data across an organization?

•            What happens when a “data unmanagement” system is created?

Panel moderated by Katy Milner. Panelists include Frank Segarra, and Lexi Fojtik


Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Anzen Unmanned


Volatus Aerospace

NV5 Geospatial

Hogan Lovells

Baldwin Safety and Compliance

Hogan Lovells

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