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Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UAS) continue to be utilized in a range of industries and government agencies. As UAS/drone technology becomes more readily available, is your organization prepared to develop a professional micro-aviation program?

Join the Center for Regional Disaster Resilience Webinar on October 23rd at 11:00am Pacific Time as we discuss the emerging applications of UAS in the public and private sectors and the latest updates from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Eric Holdeman, Director of the CRDR, will moderate the webinar and provide a brief overview of the “Using Drones for Synchronization of Situational Awareness Between Critical Infrastructures and the Public Sector” DHS National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) Security and Resilience Challenge Project. See below for further details.

Charleton Evans, FAA and UAS expert from End State Solutions, will discuss the regulatory considerations and the best practices in obtaining internal and external approval to establish a professional micro-aviation (drone) program

  • Have you sold the idea to the boss, and are benefits you are projecting real?
  • Have you done your homework on the regulatory and liability aspects?
  • How do you become the the internal subject matter expert?
  • How do you communicate with the public?
  • How do you determine appropriate equipment?
  • Will you be scaling the program across the organization or keep it in a small team?

David Fleckenstein, Director, Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation Division, will provide an update on Washington’s UAS landscape in light of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) provisions in the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 302), which passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 26, 2018.

The bill calls for rulemaking on a UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system, which will help ensure the safe and efficient use of the national airspace and enable expanded UAS operations, such as beyond visual line of sight. There are also provisions for rules concerning carriage of property, a necessary step for allowing UAS package deliveries. The bill additionally grants DHS and DOJ the authority to mitigate potentially malicious UAS operations, addressing security concerns, as well as provisions to implement remote identification standards. Additionally, the bill appropriates $1 million every year from 2019 to 2023 for education campaigns.

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