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The American Association of Airport Executives, in cooperation with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems Internationalthe Unmanned Safety InstituteAirports Council International-North Americathe National Association of State Aviation OfficialsNational Air Traffic Controllers AssociationAirlines for AmericaAircraft Owners & Pilots Association, and Academy of Model Aeronautics, is pleased to present the 2015 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Issues and Integration Conference. This critically important summit is scheduled to take place November 8-10 in Las Vegas, Nevada at The Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa. We thank McCarran International Airport for hosting this event.

Airports may not be fully aware that the massive UAS industry ready is to break into the U.S. commercial aviation market. This industry is led by hundreds of top aviation manufacturing companies, defense contractors, advanced technological suppliers, law enforcement agencies, research organizations, industry associations and other major corporate players. How the aviation community prepares for this inevitable and imminent surge into the National Airspace System (NAS) ultimately will determine whether it will capitalize on the emerging market or be overwhelmed by the new technology and complexity of integrated operations. Widespread use of UAS is knocking at the door of the NAS, and it's time for for the aviation community to come together to prepare before that door is kicked wide open.

This conference will serve as an aviation industry forum to bring together airport executives, UAS test site representatives, military and civilian UAS operators, manufacturers, controllers, UAS attorneys, pilots, state aviation officials, consultants, researchers, members of academia and senior government officials to explore how all segments of the aviation community can collaborate to best prepare for the integration of UAS into the NAS.  With FAA's Small UAS rule pending comment adjudication, several test sites currently operational,  the UAS Center of Excellence up and running, FAA granting a rapidly growing number of COAs and section 333 exemptions, numerous pieces of pending UAS legislation in Congress and an alarming rate of UAS near misses, it is time to polish the industry's preparedness and understanding of unmanned aircraft systems.  This forum will allow attendees to gain a firm understanding of the history of the UAS industry, the wide array of UAS applications, the current and projected regulatory environment, security concerns and potential liability and other legal aspects of UAS operations.  In addition, the conference will allow attendees to examine integration issues and considerations from both the manufacturer/operator point of view and from the airport/pilot/controller angle in order come together to develop a common path forward. 

By attending this conference you will also begin to build a strong network of notable industry contacts which will prove extremely useful in the near future as the aviation industry navigates through this new complex era. We invite you pull up a seat at the table and engage in the safety and operational discussion of UAS integration and what role you can play in the process.  We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!




WORKSHOP: Managing UAS Operations Near Airports

2:15-4:00 p.m. | Tuesday, November 10

The conclusion of this year’s conference will feature a workshop, at no additional cost, which will focus on the airport’s role in ensuring safe UAS operations near the airport.  With the widespread proliferation of UAS in the NAS, there are almost certainly already small UAS flying near your airport, and it is extremely likely that your airport will be approached by a commercial operator in the near future.  This workshop will provide in-depth background information as to what the airport’s role, responsibility and authority is when managing these operations in an effort to ensure the safety of the flying public.

The two FAA speakers will detail the current regulatory landscape for recreational users, commercial operators with an exemption and what interaction and communication is required between the airport and the operator.  The workshop will also provide templates and advice for LOAs and potential Standard Operating Procedures for operations. In addition, UAS leaders from airports and public relations and marketing professionals will provide advice on how to engage the local community, government, law enforcement and other stakeholders in a UAS outreach program for your community.  

Take advantage of this great opportunity to become a leader in one of the fastest growing segments of aviation in history. 

Thomas Mackie 
Vice President, Aviation Geospatial Services 
Woolpert, Inc.

Kevin Shirer, C.M. 
Project Director, Aviation Geospatial Services 
Woolpert, Inc.

Randy Willis 
Manager, Emerging Technologies Team 
Federal Aviation Administration

Mike Souder
Strategic Marketing Manager
LMD Agency

Victoria Wei
Deputy Director, Office of Airport Planning and Programming 
Federal Aviation Administration

Simeon Ogle 
IT/GIS Manager
Port of Portland

Bruce Goetz, A.A.E., ACE 
Director of Airside Operations
Denver International Airport

Ashish Solanki, A.A.E. 
Director, Office of Regional Aviation Assistance
Maryland Aviation Administration

Heather Hasper
Jacobsen/Daniels Associates

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