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The 2020 FAA UAS Symposium Is Going Remote

Image Credit: Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International

The 5th Annual FAA UAS Symposium is right around the corner. Dubbed the “Remotely Piloted Edition”, this year’s conference will be held in the form of two unique remote episodes. This way attendees will still get to experience presentations, breakout sessions, and have the opportunity to network virtually.

If you’re unaware, the FAA UAS Symposium is a conference where people from all corners of the UAS community —  including UAS operators, commercial and recreational remote pilots, and regulators — can connect with one another. Attendees will have access to government and industry representatives and the chance to discuss drone regulations, research, and current initiatives to integrate UAS into the National Airspace System, an ongoing effort that we have discussed before on this blog. The symposium will also feature experts that will be available each day to answer questions from their virtual support center. Image Credit: AUVSI Episode I of the Symposium will be held on July 8-9 and will mainly focus on topics related to airspace integration and Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM). Episode II will be held on August 18-19 and will primarily focus on the Integration Pilot Program (IPP)  —  the FAA’s drone innovation program that aims to facilitate safe drone integration by pairing governments with the private sector on approved projects — and various topics related to public safety.

Through this conference, the FAA is attempting to cultivate an environment where members of this community can engage with one another and work to contribute to the future of the drone industry. If you’re interested in participating, registration is now open. Attendees can register based on their affiliation: industry, government, military, public safety, or student. Passes range from $150 for one day to the $375 industry pass for both days. If you’re interested in past conferences, proceedings from 2017, 2018, and 2019 are freely available in PDF and video form on the FAA websiteImage Credit: AUVSI


I am a writer and an artist based in Georgia. Specializing in illustration, graphic design, and video art, I love to explore the new ways technology intersects with art. I think drones have done amazing things for photography and video art, making what would previously be costly and difficult more accessible. As a complete novice, it was only recently that I saw what independent artists could do with their drones, and I continue to be impressed by the sights that drones are able to explore and the images they can capture. Instagram: @tyesha.ferron


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