Public Safety

These sessions and panels will cover topics from setting up a public safety program to utilizing drones for search and rescue, risk assessment, accident mapping and surveillance. You will hear real-world experiences from police, firemen and first responders while learning best practices for safely and efficiently executing public safety operations.


Tuesday, September 4th

Pre-Conference Workshop: Part 107 Training

Full-Day Workshop

11:00 AM – 5:30 PM

All

Speakers: Enrico Schaefer, Tony Sauerbrey

This all-day training session will focus on the essential areas to study for the Part 107 Knowledge Test. Course content and objectives will include Part 107 rules and regulations, aeronautical charts, weather patterns and National Airspace System (NAS), as well as eligibility requirements to be able to take the FAA written knowledge test.

This session will cover more than just the fine details of what you need to know for the Knowledge Test, but also provide you with insight on how to think and operate like a professional commercial drone pilot and provide you with everyday examples that remote pilots may encounter when out performing commercial flight operations for themselves or their clients. This session will be a comprehensive overview to assist you with preparation for taking the Part 107 Knowledge Test and think about the next steps beyond the Knowledge Test.

THOSE OTHER TOPS/TIPS TO INCLUDE:

• Following policies and practices such as pre-flight and post-flight checklist for every drone flight operations

• Online test prep resources (handout)

• Industry Standards

• FAA Past Practices and the direction they are moving forward with

YOU WILL WALK AWAY WITH KNOWLEDGE REGARDING:

• Understanding Part 107 Regulations

• Understanding and identifying the various classes of controlled, uncontrolled, and Special Use airspace.

• An understanding of how to read and interpret aeronautical chart symbology.

• Planning methods to translate a location on street/satellite maps into an aeronautical chart.

• Understanding of Aeronautical Decision Making and human factors affecting safe flight.

• Understanding basic weather principles.

• Interpreting weather reports and forecasts.


Pre-conference Workshop: UAS for Public Safety

Full-Day Workshop

11:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Public Safety

Speaker: Michael Uleski

This full-day training session will deliver information to provide public safety professionals with the steps to develop a UAS unit, from a draft proposal to becoming fully operational, rules and regulations pertinent to public safety operations, SOP development, training program development, tactical challenges, UAS public safety mission profiles, real-world mission debriefs, and best industry practices and developing standards.

There is much more to utilizing a UAS for public safety beyond charging batteries and flying missions, including selecting your unit administration personnel, selecting an aircraft that fits your mission requirements, training your pilots, understanding regulations and legislation specific to safety UAS operations as well as documenting flights, maintenance, and crashes. This workshop is designed to provide insight that encompasses many of these issues faced by public safety agencies when developing a UAS unit.

OTHER TOPICS AND TIPS TO INCLUDE:

• Current professional public safety organization standards development

• Effects of various state legislation regarding the use of a UAS for law enforcement operations

• Agency policy development

• Pros and cons of following CFR 14 part 107 versus a public aircraft certificate of authorization

YOU WILL WALK AWAY WITH KNOWLEDGE REGARDING:

• Steps to take during program development

• Unit staffing and pilot selection criteria

• Documenting missions, flights, maintenance, and crash incident investigations

• Understanding the differences between CFR 14 Part 107 and a public safety certificate of authorization

• Developing a training program

• Types of missions that a UAS can be utilized for

• Real-world mission debriefs and discussion


Pre-Confernce Workshop: Drone Startup 101: Finding Your Fortune in the Drone Industry

Half-Day Workshop

2:00 PM – 5:30 PM

All

Speakers: Allen Scott Beach, Andrea Beach

This half-day workshop will focus on helping you find success in the drone industry. We will cover everything from deciding what kind of business to start to sales, marketing and the top 5 checklist. We will help you simplify the process of starting and running a successful drone company, and discuss simple strategies such as: “Do what you know,” “There is nothing more important than sales” and “Be willing to throw out the status quo.” While no one can guarantee your success, what is guaranteed is that there’s no chance of success if you never begin.

OTHER TOPICS AND TIPS TO INCLUDE:

• Drone Opportunities Abound: Selecting what’s right for you.

• Trail Blazers: Learn from those that have gone before you.

• How to build a competitive advantage

• Marketing on a shoestring

• The hunt for start-up capital

YOU WILL WALK AWAY WITH:

• The key components of starting a drone business

• A myriad of viable options for drone start-ups

• An understanding of what it takes to be successful


Wednesday, September 5th

Actual Uses of UAVs by First Responders

Class

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

Track: Public Safety

Speaker: Daniel Marek

While many people still see Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) as toys, Public Safety agencies across the United States are adopting their use. UAVs are now used to document crime scenes and more. The use of UAVs is also making Public Safety missions cheaper, faster and safer. This class will review actual photos and videos from different departments across the United States and learn the backstory of how and why the UAV was used. We will also look at the lessons learned by these agencies as they started their programs. This is a session for those that are looking to start their own agency’s UAV program and want examples of how UAVs can supplement current technology.


FAA Regulations: The Latest Outlook

Panel

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: All

Moderator: Christopher Korody

Speakers: Lydia Hilton, Anthony Zakel

With a new administrator at the helm of the FAA, what has changed? What has stayed the same? What do you think should be addressed next and how do you express your views? This panel is designed as an open forum to ask questions to an esteemed lineup of lawmakers and legal experts as well as cover what you need to know to safely and legally fly your drone.


How to Prove Safety: Gaining BVLOS and Part 107 Waiver

Class

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: All

Speaker: Adam Robertson

This session will address the key ways to establish proof of safety in your drone program, and discuss how to achieve BVLOS for UAV and steps for securing a Part 107 Waiver. An autonomous drone revolution is underway to tap the economic potential of the vast and largely empty airspace overhead. Drones are already an indispensable part of the daily workflow in many industries, including search and rescue, construction, mining, agriculture, real estate and film making. Emerging UAV capabilities such as large infrastructure inspection, border patrol and package transport require safe beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) services to be economically viable. So, what’s the best solution to achieving BVLOS?

Many solutions claim to enable safer flight and detect-and-avoid capabilities; however, radar is proven to be a superior solution to help UAV and operators achieve BVLOS. The FAA has prioritized radar as the key technology for development in achieving optimal safety and security in the airspace. This talk will discuss key developments to radar solutions, including machine learning, AI, software enhancement for data mapping and more, all which can be deployed and applied to most any kind of drone.

The class will also outline the steps necessary to secure the critical Part 107 Waiver for operation in controlled airspace, helping companies to save time and resources on the process. While the FAA has attempted to streamline the application process through its DroneZone portal, there are some key things you will learn that can facilitate the process. The 107 Waiver allows for UAVs to operate at night, over people, flight from a moving vehicle or truck, operate multiple aircraft with a single pilot, fly beyond visual line of sight, flight above 400 feet, and fly near airports and other protected airspace.

You will walk away knowing how the use of radar and gaining a Part 107 Waiver can help unlock the many benefits that a world of drone commerce can offer.


Working Together – Drones In Public Safety Mutual Aid Deployments

Class

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: Public Safety

Speakers: Kent Adams, Brendan Stewart

Drones are rapidly becoming the mission-critical solution for public safety operations providing exponential gains in response efficiency, and reductions in risk to personnel. However, establishing a drone program is time, resource, and personnel intensive and many individual agencies struggle to secure the resources necessary to establish functional drone programs. Establishing a mutual-aid model allows proximal agencies to pool resources and develop a robust drone program more capable than the sum of its parts. In this session, Chief Kent Adams of the Romeoville IL Fire Department and Brendan Stewart, President & Chief Pilot of AeroVista Drone Academy break down how public safety agencies and their communities benefit by working together to implement scalable, standardized, and interoperable mutual aid drone programs.

You will learn:

• Same tools, same training, same technique: The importance of standardization to promote interoperability.

• Where, when and how: How geography drives deployment procedures.

• Gatekeeping procedures: Developing performance-based standards for flight readiness.

• Encouraging buy-in: pooling resources, simplifying compliance, and setting a framework for others to follow.

• Complacency kills: The necessity of continuous program refinement.


Partnerships and the Future of the Commercial Drone Industry Landscape

Panel

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Track: All

Moderator: Michael Blades

Speakers: Derek Lyons, Joshua Ziering, Jan Gasparic

The commercial drone ecosystem is changing almost as rapidly as the technology that drives it. This panel will discuss, from both a US and global view, how the commercial drone services market has transitioned from a stove-piped development approach to a race to provide a one-stop shop for all-in-one services supporting various industries. However, not all partnerships are as beneficial as they seem while others hit solution services out the park. This panel will cover what these partnerships mean for the commercial drone ecosystem as well as the opportunities they may produce or possibly eliminate through their synergies.


Tips for Setting Up a Public Safety Program

Panel

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Track: Public Safety

Speakers: Colin Giles, Daniel Marek

As drones take off and assist first responders in ways never thought conceivable only a few years ago, the foundation for making that possible is having a strong public safety program in place. But when budgets are tight, how do you prove the use case is strong enough to integrate drones into your team? This panel will discuss developing a program proposal and best practices for implementation and integration once your program is approved.


UAS in Public Safety: Where Are We Today?

Class

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: Public Safety

Speaker: Romeo Durscher

Over the past 12-18 months, the adaption rate of Unmanned Aerial Systems in public safety has dramatically increased. Off-the-shelve solutions have already been providing benefits and through our learnings in public safety, we have been focusing on more in-depth hardware and software solutions for fire, search and rescue and law enforcement. Through several focused public safety partnerships and pilot test sites, including a partnership with the European Emergency Number Association (EENA), DJI has been assessing needs, challenges and success stories. What have we learned, where are we today and what will the future look like? Romeo will share insights into current and future solutions, lessons learned in the field and share information on deployment methods within public safety.


Moving Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management Forward: The Current Landscape

Panel

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: All

Moderator: Jim Williams

Speakers: Biruk Abraham, Mark Aitken, Marke “Hoot” Gibson

In the first half of this 120-minute panel, the current landscape of UTM will be discussed from policy and regulatory standpoints. With programs like Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) rolling out, the path to flying quickly, legally and safely is becoming more streamlined. But what’s the state of beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations? Where does UAS remote tracking and identification currently stand? This panel of industry-leading experts with discuss these topics as well as the reality of implementation and integration into our National Airspace System (NAS).


Moving Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management Forward: The Future Landscape

Panel

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Track: All

Moderator: Jim Williams

Speakers: Matt Fanelli

The second half of this 120-minute panel will cover the path forward for UTM from a technical, real-world implementation standpoint. You will hear from the companies that are facilitating the advancement of UTM through their solutions and programs, and learn what resources are available to you now for flying quickly, legally and safely. The future vision for fully integrating drones into our National Airspace System (NAS) will also be discussed.


Drones and the Maritime Industry

Panel

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Track: Business | Public Safety | Inspection

Speaker: Sean Pribyl

Drones are becoming equally effective out at sea as they are flying above land. From more efficient and safer ship inspections to patrolling ports, search and rescue, monitoring hazards, sniffing out emissions and delivering essentials to vessels, the use cases are clear, but the laws for flying out at sea are different. This panel will will cover what and where is the crossroads of aviation and maritime jurisdictions; what does Part 107 cover for flying at sea, and what can and can’t you do flying over international waters?


Harnessing the Power of Your Drone Data

Panel

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Track: All

Speakers: Amit Ganjoo, Marty Scholl

Drones gather a trove of information and data, but how do you turn that data into actionable business insights? From the collection process to analysis and decision making, this panel will cover the best ways to harness the data in your pipeline while increasing productivity and your bottom line.


Thursday, September 6th

Addressing the Proficiency Gap in Part 107 Operations. Are Your Pilots Really Ready?

Class

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

Track: Business | Public Safety

Speaker: Brendan Stewart

On paper, your drone program is ready for takeoff. You’ve acquired the right equipment, developed standard operating procedures, acquired any necessary authorizations from the FAA and each pilot on your team has a freshly minted Remote Pilot’s certificate. There’s just one problem. No one on your team has ever actually flown a drone. With the justification of your drone program built on the pillars of cost, efficiency, and safety, your business can’t afford the liability associated with a trial-and-error approach. So how do you empower your pilots to climb the learning curve without making expensive and dangerous mistakes? In this session, you will learn the techniques of building a public safety drone program to ensure success in mission-critical operations and how your business can benefit.

You will learn:

• The high cost of bad data: How minor errors in data capture snowball into expensive problems.

• Workforce development: The competitive edge held by companies investing in their pilots.

• Setting the standard: How proficiency minimums protect your business and improve results

• Take notes: How good recordkeeping limits liability and improves your bottom line

• Tripping points: where enterprise players get stuck with drones, and how you can avoid their pitfalls.


Drones, Thermal Imaging and Emergency Response

Class

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

Track: Public Safety

Speakers: Patrick Sherman, Brian Zvaigzne

The Roswell Flight Test Crew draws on its extensive experience using small, low-cost Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) equipped with thermal imaging cameras to assist firefighters and other first responders in a range of scenarios that include structural and wildland firefighting, search and rescue, as well as hazardous material spills. This session will cover the capabilities and limitations of thermal imaging technology, as well as its specific application in emergency response situations.


Creating a Public Safety DRONE Training Program

Class

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Track: Public Safety

Speaker: Anthony DeMolina

Developing a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) training program for public safety brings with it technical and tactical challenges. A comprehensive training program must address evolving rules and regulations for the use of sUAS, expanding roles for employment of aircraft and creating public approbation for drone operations. Safety, a critical element highlighted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), must be infused into training as well. These concepts are incorporated in DRONE Training, a method for creating sUAS education architecture. A3 Analysis provides a framework to ensure a comprehensive and holistic training regimen that remains relevant and ready for operations built on emerging aviation technology. This task is made less daunting when enlisting assistance from organizations positioned to help the first responder community. Together, these strategies forge a successful training program for continued sUAS operations.

You will be able to create a training program by:

• Determining Pre-Scripted Mission Sets,

• Researching Requirements,

• Obtaining Authorizations and Authorities

• Noting Areas of Increased Risk

• Evaluating Capabilities and Limitations

And, validate the training program through A3 Analysis, examining:

• Aviator

• Aircraft

• Airspace


Drones in Public Safety: An End-User’s Perspective

Panel

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Track: Public Safety

Speakers: Kent Adams, Keenan Newton, Michael Uleski

Last year, during the series of unfortunate natural disasters the United States experienced, drones proved their worth time and time again as an essential tool in public safety. With programs in place, emergency response personnel from fire to police and search and rescue, were able to execute operations efficiently and effectively. This panel discussion will focus on real-world applications for using drones in public safety, and the best equipment and strategies to use in dire situations.


Drones in Public Safety: Cutting-Edge Technology

Panel

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Track: Public Safety

Speakers: Romeo Durscher, Sezen Jones, Gene Saunders Jr.

With so many applications for drones in public safety, it’s easy to get lost in the noise. Hear from companies that are on the forefront of developing technology for the civil market, including thermal imaging, live-feed video cameras, heat sensors, tethered drones and more. You will learn which solutions are best for your application and ways to maximize the technology to ensure an ironclad emergency response operation.


Friday, September 7th

Do Drones Disturb Wildlife?

Panel

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Track: All

Moderator: David Bird

Speakers: Dr. David Johnston, Jeff Sloan

Drones are being embraced more and more by biologists and conservationists all over the world as a useful tool to count, detect, track and observe wildlife. However, not all agree with their use. Some feel that these sometimes noisy machines can pose a hazard to wildlife and they want their use curtailed through stricter regulations or even banned in some places. This panel, composed of experts using drones to study wildlife, will discuss the pros and cons of adopting these machines for this purpose and what steps we must take to make more effective use of the technology. During the discussion, you will also learn about the latest successes (and failures) in their use.


Patrolling for Plutonium: Using Drones to Detect Radiation Sources

Class

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Track: Public Safety | Development and Hardware

Speakers: Thomas Bull, Terence Powell

In this session, the instructors will cover how they built on the experience of chemical and radiation monitoring for the World Cup and Olympics to transform a commercial small UAS into an integrated radiation sensor detection, identification, and monitoring solution. A UAS’ mission is simple. Go and search for excessive amounts of radiation readings in various environments to include rail cars, shipping containers, public events, and other areas. This results in significantly reducing the search time while maintaining a safe distance and exposure rate for public safety personnel in potentially contaminated areas. The class will describe a system that allows one drone operator to patrol a wide area while the drone remotely reports the readings in real time to the command post and emergency operation centers. Additionally, our presentation will cover the hardware and software systems of the application. The hardware discussion describes the drone and communications technologies of the solution, and the software discussion will cover the graphical user interface that maps the drone location and detection readings for one or multiple counter-radiation drones. We conclude the session by tying the complete system together and exploring potential uses of the system by First Responders.


Drones and the Power of Artificial Intelligence

Panel

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Track: All

Moderator: Miram McNabb

Speakers: Jaime Machuca

Drones and Artificial Intelligence seem to go hand in hand now, and it’s easy to see why. With computer vision technology capable of collision avoidance, and systems smart enough to learn and operate on behalf of the human operator, AI could be the conduit for safely and reliably integrating drones into our National Airspace System (NAS) and the path to expanding flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). The use cases are endless as are the opportunities. Learn about them and more in this panel.


Successfully Deploying an UAS at a Public Safety Incident

Class

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Track: Public Safety

Speaker: Keenan Newton

You received your Remote Pilot Certificate or Public COA, created SOGs/SOPs that your chief has ratified, your brand new shiny drone has arrived, and batteries are charged. The tones drop, now what? The first call is going to be nerve wracking. Everything you have prepared for has led to this moment. This session will discuss real-world incidents where we utilized drones and will review what went well and what didn’t go so well with lessons learned. The instructor will review how his agency utilizes drones to provide real value on the scene that helps mitigate the incident more efficiently and safely. He will also share tips on HazMat, search and rescue, structure fires and law enforcement incidents.

You will learn:

• Keeping your equipment in a mission ready state

• Discuss real-world incidents and what was learned from them

• Learn about the equipment needed for successful missions

• How to deploy an UAS at an incident

• Keeping incident command informed without being over your shoulder

• Learn proven UAS practices on HazMat, Search and Rescue, Barricaded subject, Structure Fire and other types of public safety incidents


UAS Countermeasures (C-UAS) for Security and Public Safety

Class

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: Public Safety

Speaker: Brian Fentiman

While the public safety sector has adopted drone technology as a great tool for collision reconstruction and creating 3D models of crime scenes, all security entities are now tasked with securing sensitive infrastructure, VIP events and large crowds from the threat from above.

This course will provide an overview of the typical threats that we are facing domestically and inform you about the availability, effectiveness, and legality of the various UAS detection and mitigation options available in the worldwide market. The course also takes a deeper dive into the various types of Radio Frequency (RF) Countermeasure tools available. RF countermeasures are explained in detail in both technical terms and using analogies that everyone can understand. Participants will learn about the advantages and disadvantages of each of the C-UAS options, as well as learn about the various regulations that limit who can use certain types of UAS countermeasures legally. At the end of the course, you will know how to avoid some of the common “tricks” used by C-UAS “Snake Oil Salesman” when demonstrating their products.

Remember, it is just as important to educate your organization about what you can’t do, as it is to know what you can do, when it comes to a UAS security incident. An incident will happen at some point and you will have to defend your actions or lack of action.