Webinar: Steps to Establishing a Drone Program

Looking to start using drones? Attend this webinar!

by Eric Holdeman / October 4, 2018

I have spoken with many people who are interested in having a drone program and they started with going out and purchasing a drone — BAD IDEA!!  

See the information below on the steps to establish a drone program in a logical and progressive manner that gets you to the point where you have a Micro Aviation Program (I like that title — don't you?). No matter where you live and work, this information is appropriate. See below to register and get the information on how to connect in three weeks. 

Webinar: Establishing a Professional Micro-Aviation (Drone) Program
When: Oct. 23, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time
Where: Webinar 

​Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UAS) continue to be utilized in a range of industries and government agencies. As UAS/drone technology becomes more readily available, is your organization prepared to develop a professional micro-aviation program?

Join the Center for Regional Disaster Resilience Webinar on Oct. 23rd at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time as we discuss the emerging applications of UAS in the public and private sectors and the latest updates from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Eric Holdeman, director of the CRDR, will moderate the webinar and provide an overview of the "Using Drones for Synchronization of Situational Awareness Between Critical Infrastructures and the Public Sector" a DHS National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) Security and Resilience Challenge Project. Click here for further details.

Charleton Evans, an FAA rules and UAS expert from End State Solutions, will discuss the regulatory considerations and the best practices in obtaining internal and external approval to establish a professional micro-aviation (drone) program
  1. Have you sold the idea to the boss, and are benefits you are projecting real?
  2. Have you done your homework on the regulatory and liability aspects?
  3. How do you become the the internal subject matter expert?
  4. How do you communicate with the public? 
  5. How do you determine appropriate equipment? 
  6. Will you be scaling the program across the organization or keeping it in a small team?   
David Fleckenstein, director of the Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation Division, will provide an update on Washington's UAS landscape in light of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) provisions in the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 302), which passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 26, 2018. 
The bill calls for rulemaking on a UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system, which will help ensure the safe and efficient use of the national airspace and enable expanded UAS operations, such as beyond visual line of sight. There are also provisions for rules concerning carriage of property, a necessary step for allowing UAS package deliveries. The bill additionally grants DHS and DOJ the authority to mitigate potentially malicious UAS operations, addressing security concerns, as well as provisions to implement remote identification standards. Additionally, the bill appropriates $1 million every year from 2019 to 2023 for education campaigns. 


​Charlton Evans, Founder and Principal Consultant,
End State Solutions, LLC

Charlton Evans has been a direct participant and contributor to the advancement of the aviation industry since he first began flying. Evans is an expert in UAS applications such as wildland fire, project management, global deployed worldwide operations, process development, program implementation, complex schedule management, functional support, resource management, resource allocation, process integration, aviation operations, unmanned air system, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, tactics, techniques, procedures, DoD contracting, team building, workforce structure management, change management, corporate strategy, business capture, market analysis, cost mitigation, competitor assessment, and proposal development. Charlton has over 25 years of aviation experience; he earned his private pilot’s license when he was 18 years old. Charlton served in VMA-223 as an AV-8B Harrier Attack Pilot in the Marine Corps after graduating from the United States Naval Academy. Charlton holds instrument, commercial, and multi-engine civil ratings in addition to his military type ratings. 
David Fleckenstein, Director, Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation Division

David Fleckenstein has been with the WSDOT for almost a year now, and is also the Airport Director for the Chehalis-Centralia Airport. David also has worked many aviation-focused positions with the US army over the last two decades. David earned his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of South Carolina and has two master’s degrees; one in Adult Education from South Dakota State University and another in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in Susquehanna Valley.  
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