Registration is now  open (BUT YOU MAY WANT TO WAIT) for the 5th annual FAA UAS Symposium which is being dubbed the “Remotely Piloted Edition” and will enable the opportunity to go beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) and use electronic means to virtually attend the event instead of in-person in Baltimore.

The decision to go virtual was “due to ongoing concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the health and safety of the unmanned aviation community, we have made the decision to host the 5th Annual FAA UAS Symposium virtually …”, according to an online statement issued by the organizers on May 12th.

This year’s program will be divided into 2 episodes. The first, held July 8-9, will focus on unmanned traffic management (UTM) and unmanned integration.  UTM is not only a large segment of the drone industry; it’s an important issue for manufacturers, service providers, pilots and other stakeholders alike. The second episode will be held August 18-19, and will focus on updates to the UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP) and public safety operations.




Although the program has not been finalized the sessions will be organized into several tracks to help attendees make the most of their time on-site, including:

Public Safety

Public Safety

Explore topics such as addressing community concerns, security (to include counter-UAS technologies), and using drones to conduct safer and more effective public safety missions. Hear success stories from law enforcement organizations, learn the dos and don’ts of safe drone operations, and discover what’s on the regulatory horizon.

Technology & Innovation

Technology & Innovation

Drones and drone technologies are innovating rapidly and fundamentally changing aviation. Sessions in this track will feature industry leaders, top researchers, and government policy makers discussing the latest developments in this fast-paced world of UAS.



Learn from national and international UAS experts, industry representatives, civil society stakeholders, non-governmental organizations, and policy makers on the work they are doing to integrate and use drones across the globe. Discover how harmonized standards and regulations, sharing best practices, and listening to others can help solve global UAS issues and concerns.



Hear directly from policy decision makers and get their thoughts on regulatory, operational, and technical concerns. Get the latest information on what you need to know to operate safely and in accordance with the rules.

The  Symposium is co-sponsored with The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics. The organization represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets.

Registration and more information can be found here.


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