screen grab from Christopher Korody’s Opening Remarks – click to view

In November of 2018, the InterDrone Conference Chair Katie Flash invited me (Christopher Korody if we haven’t met) to participate in a new idea that she wanted to test – a dedicated Policy Day that would provide InterDrone attendees with an integrated overview of the regulatory issues and initiatives affecting their operations. She asked me to put together the curriculum, invite the speakers and coordinate the process.

Katie went on to a new position and Mike Pehel became the Conference Chair. We enjoyed a great working relationship in no small part because we both believe in the need for the community to be informed so they can get involved.

Whether it’s the rules of the road or the rules of the sky, regulation defines what commercial operations are possible. InterDrone invited Christopher Korody of the Drone Business Center to bring the amazing insights he delivers in his Dronin’ On newsletter to the business owners, enterprise managers, and policymakers in attendance at the show.

Chris with help from Travis Moran, Vice President at WNA, brought together an all-star faculty of 19 speakers representing federal agencies, the top law firms, on the ground practitioners, and leading vendors to provide the InterDrone audience with the best practical information to guide their drone programs.

If I have learned anything in the past five years it is that if we want a drone friendly world, each of us is going to have to invest the time in creating it.

Policies are made to support strategies in accomplishing organizational goals and securing an advantageous position in the market.

As another experiment, Mike arranged to have many of the sessions recorded. Videos of the five hour-long panels, plus the Opening Remarks are available for free on the InterDrone Launchpad.

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Opening Remarks: Where Are We, What’s Next and How Long Is It Going to Take?

Conference Chair Mike Pehel and Policy Day curator Christopher Korody bring you up to date as they set the stage for the day.

  • Mike Pehel, Conference Chair, InterDrone
  • Christopher Korody, Editor and Publisher of Dronin’ On, Policy Day Curator

Privacy: Protecting Your Rights, Understanding Your Obligations – What’s Yours, What’s Theirs and How to Tell the Difference

This panel explores a wide range of issues that need to be considered by operators in developing an approach to privacy.

  • Lydia Hilton, Counsel – Berman Fink Van Horn P.C.
  • Dawn Zoldi, Associate General Counsel – USAFA Business Matters
  • Mark McKinnon, Partner – Fox Rothschild

CUAS: When Drones Aren’t Welcome – The Legalities and Realities 

Learn about what is being done by the companies and agencies charged with protecting critical infrastructure and large public events.

  • Moderator Travis Moran, Vice President – Welund
  • Daniel Abreu, Deputy Associate Director, Security Programs, Infrastructure Security Division- Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
  • Randy White, Principal Manager, Physical Security & Asset Protection – Southern California Edison
  • Jennifer Richter, Partner – Akin Gump
  • Jennifer Holtz, Deputy Division Chief – Cybersecurity and Communications Reliability Division, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission

“Ramp Checked” Getting Along with the FAA and Other Regulators

More and more FSDOs (Flight Standards District Offices) are doing drone ramp checks, and more and more RPICs (Remote Pilot in Command) are having interactions with local law enforcement. This roundtable brings together all the players to explore how to make those interactions go smoothly.

  • Moderator Mickey Osterreicher, General Counsel – National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)
  • Vic Moss, Co-Owner – Drone U
  • Ryan LaTourette, Drone Labs Special Advisor – DXC Technology
  • David J. Martel, Safety Officer/sUAS Program Coordinator – Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
  • Kenneth Kelley, Aviation Safety Airworthiness FPM/POC sUAS Educational Outreach – FAA Safety Team (FAAST), AFS-850

Remote ID: The State of Play – What Now, What’s Next?

The Remote ID (RID) NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) is scheduled to be published in December 2019. What is the status of the ASTM standard? The FAA has asked the DAC (Drone Advisory Committee) to help develop plans for people to begin participating voluntarily. What does that mean? And what can service providers do until there is a rule? Get those questions answered and more by those on the front lines of the RID conversation.

  • Andrew Elefant, Director of Legal & Policy – Kittyhawk
  • Andy Thurling, CTO – NUAIR Alliance
  • Matt Fannelli, Director of Strategy – Skyward, A Verizon Company

Futures: On the Waivers Edge – Who’s Pushing the Envelope and What Are They Doing?

What’s it take to get a waiver for complex operations? And how does it change your operations? 

  • Lorenzo Murzilli, Program Manager – FOCA (the Swiss CAA) will provide a brief overview to the JARUS guidelines on SORA (Specific Operations Risk Assessment) and how the process can be used to support waiver applications.
  • Matt Dunlevy, CEO – SkySkopes will talk about their experience with BVLOS.
  • Richard Lopez, VDC Manager – Hensell Phelps will discuss their recent waiver for Operations Over People.
My thanks to everyone who helped make this program a success.


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