2021 FAA UAS Symposium

Part II of 2021 FAA UAS Symposium set for September — and tickets are not cheap

Part II of the 2021 FAA UAS Symposium is set for September 14 and 15 and — despite the drone event being held virtually — you’re going to need to buy a ticket to attend (and tickets aren’t cheap).

The 2021 FAA UAS Symposium has been broken into two parts (presumably four days on Zoom is not something people wanted), and Part II is coming on September 14 and 15. The 2021 FAA UAS Symposium’s second half is designed for enterprise and other large-scale drone users including law enforcement, first responders and public safety workers, to explore the critical  developments of Tactical BVLOS (beyond visual line of sight). 

But if you’re attending, be prepared to pay up. Here’s how much it costs to attend what is the 6th Annual FAA UAS Symposium:

Pass typeCost
Both Episodes — Industry$375
Both Episodes — Government + Military + Public Safety + Student$299
Per Episode — Industry$249
Per Episode — Government + Military + Public Safety + Student$175
Per Episode — One Day$150

The hot topics at this year’s symposium including broader drone integration, with a specific focus on hotly debated areas including remote identification of drones, flying them beyond visual line of sight, Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), and more.

Sessions include:

  • Exploring UTM: Around the World in 55 Minutes
  • Ready, Set, Go! What You Need to Know Before Entering Controlled Airspace
  • Tactical BVLOS: Seeing Around the Corner Saves Lives
  • Flight Data Management: It’s Not Just for Commercial Aircraft Anymore
  • UTM Integration: Where We Are & Where We’re Headed
  • One Step BEYOND

Though it’s a virtual event, the FAA promises that there will be opportunities to interact with FAA experts and peers during presentations, roundtables and virtual networking. While it’s technically an Federal Aviation Administration event, it’s run in close partnership with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), an international nonprofit organization working to advance use of unmanned robotics.

AUVSI runs its own in-person conference (this year’s is set for August 16-19, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia) called XPONENTIAL. XPONENTIAL runs $609 for the full conference pass for AUVSI members (or $709 for non-members).

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