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Pre-Event Webinar June 27th: Drone Regulation with Lisa Ellman and Gretchen West

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Register Today for June 27th Webinar to Hear from Hogan Lovells’ Gretchen West and Lisa Ellman

LAS VEGAS, NV, June 19, 2018 – On Wednesday, June 27, Commercial UAV Expo will offer an opportunity for commercial drone operators to tune in and learn how regulatory considerations are impacting industries across the United States. Industry thought leaders Lisa Ellman, Co-Executive Director of Commercial Drone Alliance and Partner at Hogan Lovells, and Gretchen West, Co-Executive Director of Commercial Drone Alliance and Senior Advisor at Hogan Lovells, will join Jeremiah Karpowicz, Executive Editor for Commercial UAV News, to discuss and detail what businesses need to be thinking about in the present and consider for the future when it comes to how they’re adopting drone technology. The free webinar will be taking place from 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET. For more information about this webinar and to register, click here.

Lisa Ellman chairs the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) practice group at the global law firm Hogan Lovells, a group dedicated to helping businesses succeed in the dynamic drone marketplace. She co-founded and co-leads the Commercial Drone Alliance, an independent 501c6 non-profit lead by key figures of the commercial drone industry. Lisa is widely recognized as one of the “world’s foremost authorities on drone and law.” Throughout her career her focus has been on expanding the commercial drone industry.
Gretchen West has served the unmanned systems industry for more than a decade and is an industry-leading advocate for commercial robotics. She is currently a Senior Advisor with the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) practice group for Hogan Lovells, a global law firm, where she focuses on innovation and technology to help clients navigate business and market entry strategies, find value-added capabilities to ensure successful operations, and understand the regulatory environment and associated challenges. She is also the Co-Executive Director of the Commercial Drone Alliance.

Both Lisa and Gretchen are founding members of Women of Commercial Drones, which is dedicated to supporting women interested in careers in drones and technology and fostering younger generations of women and girls to become active in STEM.
“Regulation is still top of mind for the companies that are looking to operate beyond Part 107,” said Lisa Ellman. “We have a long way to go when it comes to future rulemakings that enable expanded operations, but there’s a lot that can be done right now, which we look forward to discussing during this webinar.” Gretchen West added, “In certain industries, Part 107 enabled the types of operations that are needed, but there are other industries where they really need to operate at night or fly over people or BVLOS, and those operations are restricted by Part 107. That’s why making people aware of these topics early so they can adapt their own business models to accommodate the future of this technology is really important.”

“The Commercial Drone Alliance has cemented a position of leadership in the drone industry with their efforts to enact changes to Section 336, but their practical and proactive work on the Tracking ARC and Remote ID has been just as critical. I’m really looking forward to hearing what Gretchen and Lisa have to say about these topics, especially in the context of how these issues will continue to evolve in the lead-up to the Commercial UAV Expo,” said Jeremiah Karpowicz, Executive Editor for Commercial UAV News and moderator of the webinar. Full info on this free webinar and registration is available here.

Commercial UAV Expo will take place October 1-3 at the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas. During the three-day event, attendees will hear from Lisa Ellman and Gretchen West as well as Keynote Speakers FAA’s Daniel Elwell and DJI’s Michael Perry. Other industry expert speakers will represent CNN, California Department of Transportation, North Carolina Department of Transportation, Los Angeles Fire Department, US Bureau of Reclamation US Department of the Interior, San Diego Homeland Security, AT&T, Menlo Park Fire District, Queens University, Renton Police Department and many more. Commercial UAV Expo will also offer multiple keynote presentations, six plenary sessions, eight deep dive vertical industry workshops and Exhibitor Education Theaters as well as robust exhibit hall and several networking events. For a preliminary list of speakers and a program overview, visit Full event information can be found at Registration is open for the 4th Annual Commercial UAV Expo at

About Commercial UAV Expo Americas

Commercial UAV Expo Americas, presented by Commercial UAV News, is a conference and exhibition exclusively focused on the commercial drone market covering industries including Surveying & Mapping; Civil Infrastructure; Aggregates & Mining; Construction; Process, Power & Utilities; Precision Agriculture; Law Enforcement, Emergency Response and Search & Rescue (SAR). The fourth annual Americas event is taking place October 1-3, 2018 in Las Vegas. Commercial UAV Expo Europe in will take place in Amsterdam 8-10 April 2019. For more information, visit and or email [email protected].

The events are organized Diversified Communications, a leading organizer of conferences, trade shows and online media with 15 years in the geospatial arena, including Commercial UAV Expo Americas, Commercial UAV Europe, Commercial UAV News, SPAR 3D Expo & Conference,, AECNext Technology Expo & Conference, AEC Next News and International LiDAR Mapping Forum.


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