Wednesday, March 27, 2019

8:00—5:00 First Responder and Law Enforcement Registration
Pre-Conference Courses

  • FAA 107 Test Prep Training Crash Course $150.00
    One day class to help prepare you to take the FAA 107 license exam.

  • Basic UAS Flight Training Course  $150.00
    Learn to Fly Safely & Legally. Learn the ins and outs of flight instruction through hands-on training. Safety, Registration, Drone Simulation, Controlling Drones for beginners, Flight Prep, Flight time.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

8:00—5:00 First Responder and Law Enforcement Registration
Pre-Conference Courses

  • FEMA AWR-345 UAS in Disaster Management $60.00
    The course provides an overview of several important elements that require full consideration when creating and operating a UAS program, including involving the local community in all stages of UAS program development, and the critical need to protect privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties in a UAS program, including with data collection, retention, management, security, oversight, and accountability.

  • FAA 107 Test Prep Training Crash Course $150.00
    One day class to help prepare you to take the FAA 107 license exam.

  • Basic UAS Flight Training Course $150.00
    Learn to Fly Safely & Legally. Learn the ins and outs of flight instruction through hands-on training. Safety, Registration, Drone Simulation, Controlling Drones for beginners, Flight Prep, Flight time.

Friday, March 29, 2018

8:30 Opening Session

9:00—10:00

  • SOP and Program Development (SAR, LEO)
    This session will provide the steps to develop a UAS unit, from a draft proposal to becoming fully operational.  This includes SOP development, training program development, rules and regulations pertaining to public safety operations, selecting aircraft & equipment that fits your mission requirements, selecting your unit administration personnel, training your pilots, as well as documenting flights, maintenance, and crashes and best industry practices and developing standards.  Establishing a mutual-aid model which allows proximal agencies to pool resources and work together to implement standardized, inter-operable, and scale able mutual aid drone programs will also be discussed.

  • COA and Waiver Applications (Fire, EMS and non-accredited)
    This session will address the key steps for obtaining a COA, waivers for your COA, and applying for Part 107 Waivers.  It will discuss ways to establish proof of safety in your drone program pertinent to the operations and waivers being applied for.  Waivers allow for UAS to operate at night, over people, fly beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS), flight from a moving vehicle, operate multiple aircraft with a single pilot, flight above 400 feet, and fly near airports and other protected airspace’s.  Performing electronic requests for flight in controlled airspace via the FAA’s new Low Altitude Authorization Notification Capability (LAANC) system will be discussed as well.

  • Exhibit Hall opens

10:30—11:30

  • SOP and Program Development (Fire, EMS and non-accredited)
    This session will provide the steps to develop a UAS unit, from a draft proposal to becoming fully operational.  This includes SOP development, training program development, rules and regulations pertaining to public safety operations, selecting aircraft & equipment that fits your mission requirements, selecting your unit administration personnel, training your pilots, as well as documenting flights, maintenance, and crashes and best industry practices and developing standards.  Establishing a mutual-aid model which allows proximal agencies to pool resources and work together to implement standardized, inoperable, and scale-able mutual aid drone programs will also be discussed.

  • COA and Waiver Applications (SAR, LEO)
    This session will address the key steps for obtaining a COA, waivers for your COA, and applying for Part 107 Waivers.  It will discuss ways to establish proof of safety in your drone program pertinent to the operations and waivers being applied for.  Waivers allow for UAS to operate at night, over people, fly beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS), flight from a moving vehicle, operate multiple aircraft with a single pilot, flight above 400 feet, and fly near airports and other protected airspace’s.  Performing electronic requests for flight in controlled airspace via the FAA’s new Low Altitude Authorization Notification Capability (LAANC) system will be discussed as well.

12:00—1:30

  • Lunch with Keynote Speaker and Panel Discussion (Full Conference Attendance)
    Keynote - TBD

    Airspace Panel Discussion - This panel will react to the Keynote’s address - what was surprising, what was expected and what was missing. They will then discuss the 2018 FAA Re authorization Bill - some of the legislative and regulatory issues that still need to be resolved, including 336, Remote ID, UAS IPP, LAANC, waivers, BVLOS, and C-UAS.  The will discuss airspace management as well as take questions from the floor.

2:00—3:00

  • FLIR / Thermal Sensors (SAR, LEO)
    This session will cover the capabilities and limitations of thermal imaging technology, along with their specific application in emergency response situations.  Types of thermal sensors, along with how to interpret the data generated by them will also be discussed.

  • UAS Equipment and Software (Fire, EMS and non-accredited)
    This session will cover the drone systems typically employed by first responder units and the associated equipment & software that is beneficial for use in these environments. This session will also cover analyzing what systems will be best suited for your department’s needs, as well as usual initial fielding practices.

3:30—4:30

  • FLIR / Thermal Sensors (Fire, EMS and non-accredited)
    This session will cover the capabilities and limitations of thermal imaging technology, along with their specific application in emergency response situations.  Types of thermal sensors, along with how to interpret the data generated by them will also be discussed.

  • UAS Equipment and Software (SAR, LEO)
    This session will cover the drone systems typically employed by first responder units and the associated equipment & software that is beneficial for use in these environments. This session will also cover analyzing what systems will be best suited for your department’s needs, as well as usual initial fielding practices.

6:00—7:30 Join us in the Exhibit Hall for networking and Hors d'oeuvres (Full conference attendees)

Saturday March 30

8:30 Opening Session (Full Conference attendee)

9:00—10:00

  • Processing and Handling Drone Data (SAR, Fire and EMS)
    This session will discuss the best ways to harness the data drones gather in 1st responder operations, and how to turn that data into actionable results or delivered to the necessary end-users or decision makers. This session will also discuss the collection process, how to analyze the data, storing & delivering the data, and decision making based off of the data.

  • Night Flight Operations (LEO and non-accredited)
    This session will cover operating UAS at night with decreased visibility, the equipment limitations commonly encountered, as well as taking the necessary safety precautions.  Night flight on human physiology, visual observer and crew best practices, communication methods, aircraft lighting requirements, and obtaining a night flight waiver through the FAA DroneZone will also be discussed.

  • Exhibit Hall opens

10:30—11:30

  • Night Flight Operations (LEO and non-accredited)
    This session will cover operating UAS at night with decreased visibility, the equipment limitations commonly encountered, as well as taking the necessary safety precautions.  Night flight on human physiology, visual observer and crew best practices, communication methods, aircraft lighting requirements, and obtaining a night flight waiver through the FAA DroneZone will also be discussed.

  • Processing and Handling Drone Data (SAR, Fire and EMS)
    This session will discuss the best ways to harness the data drones gather in 1st responder operations, and how to turn that data into actionable results or delivered to the necessary end-users or decision makers. This session will also discuss the collection process, how to analyze the data, storing & delivering the data, and decision making based off of the data.

12:00—1:30

  • Lunch with Keynote Speaker and Panel Discussion (Full Conference Attendance)
    Keynote - Panel on Emerging Technologies & the Future of Drones for 1st Responders Panel - This panel will discuss the adoption rate of Unmanned Aerial Systems in public safety, emerging off-the-shelf hardware and software solutions that have been providing benefits for first responder organizations, as well as present success stories and key findings from studies that have been conducted to date.  We will assess the needs and challenges in the first responder community and share insights into current and future solutions.

2:00—3:00

  • Search and Rescue Basic Tactics (SAR, non-accredited)
    This session will discuss basic search patterns and techniques employed in search and rescue operations, as well as how to conduct mission planning and crew coordination.  It will also discuss the relevant FEMA ICS course knowledge, data handling, and handling emergency procedures encountered while conducting SAR operations.

  • Law Enforcement Officer Basic Tactics (LEO, non-accredited)
    This session will discuss basic law enforcement tactics and techniques employing drones to include tracking subjects, conducting large event security, dealing with large crowds, handling drone-based evidence, as well as conducting mission planning and crew coordination.  It will also discuss tactical challenges and showcase real-world mission debriefs.

  • Fire / EMS Basic Tactics (Fire, EMS, non-accredited)
    This session will discuss basic Fire and EMS tactics and techniques employed in support of public safety mission profiles as well as discuss real-world incidents.  It will also discuss how to deploy UAS at an incident, conduct mission planning, and crew coordination.

3:30—4:30

  • Post Hurricane Disaster Response (SAR, non-accredited)
    This session will discuss various aspects and uses of drones during post hurricane response, to include providing situational awareness, rapidly assessing damage to the surrounding area, conducting search and rescue in areas inaccessible by other assets, providing the public with information, assessing the integrity of critical infrastructure, assisting with telecommunications and power restoration, conducting aerial mapping, looking for lost persons, and determining the safest paths of entry into a disaster site.  The Incident Command System (ICS), along with the National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) and courses will be discussed as well as other local damage assessment tactics.

  • LEO Guidance for Suspected Unauthorized UAS Operations (LEO and non-accredited)
    LEO Guidance for Suspected Unauthorized UAS Operations This session is intended to assist Law Enforcement Officers in understanding the legal framework that serves as the basis for FAA legal enforcement action against UAS operators for unauthorized and/or unsafe UAS operations, and to provide guidance to help LEOs deter, detect, and investigate unauthorized and/or unsafe UAS operations.

  • NFPA 2400 UAS Standards Public Safety Operations (Fire / EMS and non-accredited
    This session will discuss the new NFPA 2400 manual that details the minimum requirements for the safe operation, deployment, and implementation of sUAS including organization program criteria and considerations, professional qualifications for safety personnel, and elements of a maintenance program.

6:00—7:30 Join us in the Exhibit Hall for networking and Hors d'oeuvres (Full conference attendees)

Sunday, March 31

8:30 Opening Session (Full Conference attendee)

9:00—11:30 Flight and Product Demo @ USA Drone Port

9:00—10:00

  • Post Storm and Earthquake Response (SAR)
    Post Storm and Earthquake Response This session will discuss tactics and techniques to employ with drones after a large storm or earthquake hits an affected area. This includes providing support for conducting damage assessments, mapping, conducting search and rescue missions, live streaming video, restoring communications, and many other topics.

  • Barricaded Subject and Active Shooter events (LEO)
    This session will discuss how drones can help responding units make the call between an active shooter situation versus a classic barricaded suspect. This session will also discuss tactics and techniques on how to best utilize drones in support of each of these events.

  • HAZMAT Situation (Fire/EMS)
    This session will discuss typical types of situations that drones can be utilized in HAZMAT situations to include factory or power plant malfunctions, spills during transportation, or even terrorist attacks. We will discuss using drones to measure the damage and assisting with the relief efforts.

  • Exhibit Hall opens

10:30—11:30

  • Search and Rescue in Mountainous Terrain (SAR)
    This session will discuss factors of utilizing drones in mountainous and rough terrain, as well as best tactics and techniques to employ during these kinds of missions such as searching over inaccessible cliffs, in crevices, scouting foot paths, etc. We will also discuss factors such as reaching remote locations by foot to fly from, as well as operating in temperature extremes.

  • Forensics Gathering and Accident Reconstruction (LEO)
    This session will discuss utilizing drones in supporting evidence gathering for forensics analysis, as well as conducting vehicular accident reconstruction documentation with UAS. We will discuss the tactics and techniques best employed for these missions, as well as chain of custody and data processing and handling.

  • Drones and Structural Fire Response (Fire/EMS)
    This session will discuss the ways drones are used to provide real-time situational and operational awareness as well as hot spot identification, assess fire travel, structural issues like cracks in a building or danger of collapse, and roof operations to determine if anything is unsafe and needs corrective action. It will also discuss tactics and techniques in supporting structure fire scenarios.

12:00—1:30

  • Lunch with Keynote Speaker and Panel Discussion (Full Conference Attendance)

1:30—5:00 at the USA Drone Port

  • Search and Rescue Flight Exercise
    Flight training exercises simulating scenarios will be conducted to provide hands-on experience to support the training sessions provided over the course of the conference.

  • Law Enforcement Officer Flight Exercise
    Flight training exercises simulating scenarios will be conducted to provide hands-on experience to support the training sessions provided over the course of the conference.

  • Fire and EMS Flight Exercise
    Flight training exercises simulating scenarios will be conducted to provide hands-on experience to support the training sessions provided over the course of the conference.

  • Flight Observation and Networking
    Attendees are invited to watch the above simulations.