The 5th Annual FAA UAS Symposium is back for another year, once again in Baltimore, Maryland.
The annual event is run in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). It’s geared toward a range of drone people, whether it’s recreational flyers, commercial remote pilots or enterprise drone operators. The goal? To bring those pilots “face-to-face with regulators and subject matter experts who are enabling drone integration into the National Airspace System,” according to a news release from the FAA.
This has been an industry year for the drone community’s relationship with the FAA.
The FAA’s recent proposal for remote ID unleashed a firestorm of more than 34,000 comments (mostly against the proposal) from the community. Among those speaking out are Wing, the drone spinoff of the company formerly known as Google, and the Academy of Model Aeronautics.
The FAA also came under fire recently after it added two new members with manned (rather than unmanned) drone interests to its FAA Drone Advisory Committee last month, which some felt disrupted the committee’s balance.
And the FAA has acknowledged that struggle. “Learn, train and troubleshoot with the entire drone community to ensure your operations remain safe and grow along with regulations. Remote ID is sure to be a hot topic of discussion,” according to an FAA statement. “
This year’s conference will run from June 16-18 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Registration is now open., with discounts available for government and public safety employees, military members and students.
Aside from the Remote ID debate, the FAA also said this year’s them is “Drones: Here for Good,” with the conference intended to highlight positive drone use cases like package delivery, infrastructure inspection, search and rescue operations and helping firefighters.
Symposium sessions will be organized into a few tracks including:
- Public Safety
- Technology & Innovation
This is the third year in a row that the conference is being held in Baltimore, and the fourth consecutive year it’s being cohosted with AUVSI (AUVSI’s headquarters are about an hour drive away in Arlington, Virginia). The first conference was held in conjunction with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla.