This track will showcase sessions aimed at flight standards, the basics of flight, safety/training in flight, and maintenance, etc. This track revolves around the pilot and their drone.

Each session will coach new and seasoned UAV pilots to understand industry standards of UAV operation and will will be taught by veteran UAV pilots.

Choosing the Right Platform for your Aerial Needs (Douglas Spotted Eagle)

Choosing the Right Platform for your Aerial NeedsThere are so many drones on the market today; which one is right for your particular needs? Do you need remote automation? Do you need precise positioning? What sort of flight times are required? What sort of camera requirements do you have? Distance? Altitude? Data control? Transmission resolution? Indoor use? Outdoor use? Object avoidance?

All of these questions will be answered both theoretically and practically with a hangar full of drones for you to see, touch, and experience up close. While we won’t be flying them in-house, you’ll see video from each system and understand the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Need to get a UAV but unsure which one fits your needs? Several UAV/Drone tools will be shown in this session and attendees will gain perspective on how to determine the correct tool for the job requirements. Cameras, lenses, filters, battery types, launch/landing tools, software, and discussion of optimizing platforms are the focus of this session.

110 Years of Lesson Learned in Aviation History; Human Factors and Crew Resource Management for UAV (Ron Campbell/Tracy Lamb)

110 Years of Lesson Learned in Aviation HistoryDESCRIPTION: Safety is foremost in everyone’s mind prior to a shoot, yet frequently finds compromise in practice due to budget, time constraints, or operational challenges. When using UAS in the commercial environment, consequential risk must be calculated as a piece of a total component within the risk management framework. Consequential risks and indirect (yet related) costs are by far the most concerning and without appropriate assessment and management these concerns may create false confidence. Risk perception is subjective and varied among new operators in this field, and in this session, we’ll discuss proper setups for UAS risk management, understand how to remotely preplan most components of UAS flights, and where risk mitigation can best occur without incurring significant cost. We’ll discuss emergency practices and procedures, pre/post-flight briefing, and management of flight incident in the event an incident occurs during flight, regardless of application.

Waypoints: An Introduction to Automated Flight Practices (Jack Spears)

Waypoints: An Introduction to Automated Flight PracticesInterested in learning about automated flight for your UAV mission? This is the class for you! This session will discuss the basics of automated flight / automated control, why you should consider using it, and what the benefits for you and your customer are. This session will also talk about what tools are available to you when planning a mission and will present a walk through of planning a mission.

Rotors, Vortex, & Turbulence Part 1 (Douglas Spotted Eagle)

Rotors, Vortex, & TurbulenceTurbulence has a significant impact on drone flight, particularly in urban environments. Understanding how to properly read and respond to environmental causes of unstable wind may make the difference between a safe and unsafe flight, a crashed drone, an injured party, or damaged property. Manned aviation pilots know little about the ground phenomena that predominantly affect skydivers, paragliders and UAV. As a result, there is very little material found that discusses how to observe potential hazards and how to avoid them. In this session, we’ll discuss how turbulence, vortex, and rotors are generated, where these dangerous phenomena will likely be found, how to prepare for, avoid, and if necessary, clear them. In this first session, we’ll discuss how to identify where dirty air is likely to occur, what sorts of weather conditions may present themselves prior to the occurrence of dirty air, and how to “read” the environment.

Rotors, Vortex, & Turbulence Part 2 (Douglas Spotted Eagle)

In this second part of the Rotors, Vortex, and Turbulence session, attendees will learn how to best manage challenging situations, including how to fly when there is no other option. We will discuss how to choose the best tool for challenging situations, or modify a vehicle to provide for better response in challenging environments.
Finally, we will dig into the art of “defensive droning.”

Risk Mitigation with sUAS Systems Part 1, 2 & 3 (Ron Campbell/Tracy Lamb)

RISK MITIGATION WITH sUAS SYSTEMSUnderstanding risk is the first step in reducing accidents while operating a UAV. Mitigation of risk carries across all aspects of any UAV project, including operational hazards, safety, efficiency, and overall insurance cost reduction. Protecting your investment in equipment and personnel along with protecting your client is key to success. Using internationally recognized standards and recommended practices from International Civil Aviation Organization, International Standards Organization, Occupational Health & Safety, and global UAV best practices, this session will detail mechanisms, practices, and tools to help identify and minimize risk points in any sort of UAV operation whether corporate, enterprise, infrastructure, or agency.

This session details how to identify and mitigate risk in UAV operation and is taught by experienced instructors from SGS HART Aviation, a leading provider of aviation auditing services around the globe, providing confidence in the safe and efficient delivery of aviation operations.

If attendees attend all three sessions LIVE on December 1 & 2, SGS HART will award a certificate of completion for UAV Risk Mitigation.

Maintaining Your Drone to Flight Standard. Pre-flight, Post-Flight Practices and Repairs (James & Jack Spears)

Maintaining Your DroneDo you ever asked yourself is my UAV safe to operate? Have you finalized your pre-flight checklist? Do you know UAV emergency procedures? We have all had that moment, arriving at a a worksite with your UAV, only to find something happened on the last sortie and now your aircraft is down for maintenance. Join us to learn about best practices for maintaining your UAV to ensure it is mission ready. Learn how to complete detailed UAV inspections, find confidence in performing minor and moderate UAV repairs, how to complete your maintenance log book. Join us for a a live demonstration of repairing several types of motors, inspecting props, updating system software and overall points of inspection. This session is beneficial for all UAV pilots looking to become confident with UAV maintenance and repairs.

Navigating the “Skyway”: Understanding Aerial Maps (Jack Spears)

Understanding Aerial MapsThis session will focus on how to read, interpret, and use FAA navigational charts. We will cover what charts are available, which charts you should be use while operating your UAV, and how to interpret all those chart symbols. We will also review the types of airspace depicted and what your responsibilities are to utilize controlled airspace.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own challenging maps to this session for interpretation.