We’re halfway through 2021 National Drone Safety Week, the weeklong drone holiday of sorts created by the Federal Aviation Administration. And even if you haven’t participated yet, you can still get in on the action — you don’t even have to leave your couch.
Most of the 2021 National Drone Safety Week events are virtual this year, and there are a bunch occurring tomorrow and Friday. Here are some of the highlights to expect:
Thursday, September 16
Remote ID Rule Review: 11 a.m.-noon ET
The FAA’s own Kevin Morris will be in the hot seat in a straightforward, one-on-one interview hosted by Keith of Alien Drones, covering details of the new Remote ID rule and how it applies to real world drone pilots.
Remote ID Compliance Strategy Webinar: Noon-1 p.m. ET
This webinar by Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), which is a nonprofit organization that advocates for unmanned vehicles, will discuss new FAA rules with an emphasis on Remote ID. Industry leaders including Matthew Satterley of Wing, Gabriel Cox of Intel and Aaron Pierce of Pierce Aerospace will discuss their approach to compliance in the short and long-term.
Notify & Fly Demo and Q&A: 2-3 p.m. ET
Just last week, Aloft unveiled an update to the FAA’s B4UFly app with a key new feature called Notify & Fly. With Notify & Fly, you can let other drone pilots know that you’re flying in the area by submitting your flight plans anonymously into the app — thus allowing other drone pilots on the app to know that you’re in the area.
Aloft’s CEO & Founder Jon Hegrane will host a demo and Q&A about the feature, along with a demonstrating how to submit a notification of your intended operational area to the map on the B4UFLY app. After his demo, he will be answering questions live from the audience.
Penn State’s Aviation Safety and Trust Webinar: 3-4 p.m. ET
In this webinar organized by Jenn Stewart who is the UA Operations Manager at Penn State University, you’ll learn from Matt Scassero, UAS Test Site Director from the University of Maryland, about the first ever unmanned aircraft delivery of a viable organ to a waiting patient, hurricane recovery flight support, and other research projects.
Friday, September 17
AUVSI’s Garnering Public Acceptance of UAS through Public Safety and Media Operations: Noon – 1 p.m. ET
This webinar by Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), which is a nonprofit organization that advocates for unmanned vehicles, will discuss how the FAA is helping to bridge the gap between user groups to ensure safe and effective UAS operations that help win public trust.
Using NIST Lanes in Public Safety Drone Programs: 4-5 p.m. ET
Greg Reverdiau from Pilot Institute, Charles Werner from DroneResponders, and David Danielson from LA City Fire will discuss how using NIST lanes in your Public Safety program can help improve flying proficiency.
Will you be attending any virtual 2021 National Drone Safety Week events? What have you participated in so far? Leave a comment below!