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December 1-2, 2020 | Virtual

The American Association of Airport Executives, in partnership with Woolpert, is pleased to present the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Conference.

Today’s UAS industry continues to grow and become more sophisticated. In 2020, airports are increasingly interested in utilizing drones for a wide range of use cases. However, they must also help protect their airspace from drone threats, especially when the UAS industry has grown to over 1.7 million registered drones and nearly 200,000 certificated remote pilots. The conference will bring together industry leaders to help attendees understand the current, complex policy landscape, including FAA’s efforts to make it easier for airports to use drones, the Airport UAS Detection and Mitigation Research Program, remote identification requirements for UAS, further implementation of Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) services, and other initiatives such as the development of plans for responding to drone threats. Attendees will also gain key insights that will help airports develop strategies for safely and securely creating their own UAS program, including navigating FAA’s authorization and approval process. In bringing all stakeholders together, we aim to better understand today’s UAS environment and best practices and proactively lay the groundwork for new ones.

Our hope is that the conference provides an open forum for dialogue and an opportunity for all stakeholders to collaborate and develop a shared vision for the future of UAS and how airports can take advantage of the benefits afforded by UAS while also protecting the safety and security of passengers. Attendees will include leaders from the manned and unmanned aviation industries; airport operators; commercial, public and recreational UAS operators; senior government officials; and technology providers.