If spring is a time to try something new and get out of your home after being holed up all winter, then consider traveling to a UAS educational event to learn about drones.
Maybe it’s because we’ve had two years of extremely limited travel. Maybe it’s because the drone industry has grown bigger than ever, with investments at record highs. And almost definitely it’s because very few people still have an appetite for Zoom conferences. Whatever it is, there seems to be an abundance of opportunities to learn about drones this spring.
While not a comprehensive list, here are among the standout (mostly in-person) conferences and seminars to learn about drones for Spring 2022:
2022 FAA Drone Symposium: April 28 in Orlando
Held by the U.S. airspace regulators themselves, consider the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Drone Symposium as the most official drone event you can found.
Registration is now open for this year’s symposium, which will be held on April 28, 2022 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. This year’s version is themed “Arise” and will focus on the expansion and advancement of how drones are helping businesses do business. Sessions will include discussions about the Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) Aviation Rulemaking Committee’s recent report, remote identification requirements, UAS Traffic Management, and regulations that promote global harmonization.
The event coincides with AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2022, which runs from April 25-28 also at the Orange County Convention Center (the FAA-specific event is the final day of AUVSI). While a separate, ticketed event, people heading to XPONENTIAL 2022 can benefit by only needing to book one flight to attend the same event.
How much it costs: Tickets for the 2022 FAA Drone Symposium range in price from $269 to $399, depending on whether you’re eligible for discounts and if you register early. Early Bird pricing ends March 28, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Many are welcoming this event given that last year’s event was also $375, but was held virtually.
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2022: April 25-28 in Orlando
Speaking of AUVSI, its XPONENTIAL 2022 conference is coming, and is set to be huge. The 4-day conference entails serious workshops as well as fun networking events including a kick-off party at Topgolf.
How much it costs: Tickets range in price from $109 to $1,199, depending on your level of access, affiliations and when you buy.
Law-Tech Connect Workshop: April 25 in Orlando
Clearly Orlando in April is the place to be. Another event is being held concurrently with AUVSI — this one on the front-end. The Law-Tech Connect Workshop is intended to connect attorneys and other unmanned ecosystem thought leaders with legal, regulatory and policy knowledge relating to not just drones, but general autonomy and advanced air mobility.
It’s all put together by Colorado-based P3 Tech Consulting, which is a veteran- and woman-owned business led by Dawn Zoldi (Colonel, USAF Retired), a licensed attorney and globally renowned industry expert who dedicated 28 years of service to the U.S. Air Force as a Judge Advocate, Associate General Counsel and U.S. Air Force Academy leader and the host of the popular weekley Dawn of Drones podcast.
How much it costs: Registration fees start at $349, which include the program, all meals and an XPO Hall pass, though they go up after early registration ends on March 25. Other add-ons can also be purchased, including the VIP Influencer reception and the ability to purchase Zoldi’s newly-released drone law text book.
Disaster Response Training Offered for Women Drone Pilots: May 2-6 in College Station, Texas
A nearly weeklong, immersive seminar dedicated to female pilots will teach how to use drones for disaster response. It’s put on by a partnership between the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) and Women and Drones.
The three-and-a-half day seminar will take place during the highly realistic Public Safety Interoperability Institute (Interop 22) exercise with Texas emergency management agencies, Texas National Guard, and other groups at Disaster City and surrounding facilities. It’s all led by Dr. Robin Murphy, a founding member of CRASAR and one of the first women drone pilots.
Expect to complete missions under realistic operating conditions. Registration is limited to Women and Drones members who have a current Part 107 remote pilot certificate and also have a minimum of 10 hours of flight experience. Oh, and BYOD (bring your own drone, ideally one that’s capable of mapping).
How much it costs: Registration fees start at $1,195, though they go up after early registration ends on March 27. After that, it’s $1,495.
From Zero To Drone Engineer In 2 Days: April 9-10 (virtual)
While in-person events are fun, they’re not for everyone. Here’s a virtual camp that sounds pretty swell: a Two Day Drone Building Immersion Camp.
In it, you’ll learn how to build your own programmable, autonomous drone without any prior knowledge. And, there’s no need to try to Google and cull together information yourself, either. It’s put together by the team at Drone Dojo, which also offers online DIY drone courses including “How to build a Raspberry Pi drone,” “How to program a drone using Python,” and a deep-dive, capstone-type course on “Precision Landing and Drone Delivery.”
Registration for the 2-day immersive drone building camp costs $997, but includes everything you need including hardware. You’ll receive a Raspberry PiHawk Drone Kit, Pre-flashed Pixhawk Firmware ($30), Pre-soldered drone components ($20) and more.
Get ready to learn about drones this spring! Do you know of any other great seminars or camps to learn about drones over the coming months? Share them in the comments below!