2019 After Hours

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Wednesday, Sept. 4, 5:45 pm – 7:00 pm

If you haven’t had enough drone education and networking yet, attend the InterDrone After Hours. During these special sessions, you will have the opportunity to connect with speakers in a casual environment while hearing about upcoming technology roadmaps or tips and tricks for growing your drone business.

Growing Your Drone Service Business: A Market Segment Perspective

So you have your drone service business, but how do you grow it? This special after hours event, compromised of segment leaders in the drone service provider market, will discuss their triumphs and lessons learned along the way. You will learn which market segments – from construction and insurance to agriculture and beyond – will take off next, which are the most lucrative now, and where drone service providers are having the most success. Learn about the pitfalls, best practices, and the sure-fire ways of taking your drone business to the next level!

Bring your questions for this panel of all star experts:

Moderator: Anthony Vittone, COO  DroneUp

Kathleen “Kat” Swain, Senior Director UAS Programs – AOPA

Andrew Dennison, Director of Enterprise Services – DroneDeploy

Derrick Ward, CEO – Hot Shots Aerial 

Tomer Kashi, CEO – SkyWatch.AI


Drone Training: Teaching Aviation to Non-Aviators

The first civil drone pilots were early adopters and enthusiasts who had a passion for aviation and a grasp of its fundamentals. However, as the industry continues to grow, new pilots are often mid-career professionals with no aeronautical background or skills — and no particular desire to become aviators, apart from the data they can gather using drones. This represents a profound change for the whole aviation industry, with substantial implications for training.

In this session, award-winning drone instructor Patrick Sherman of the Roswell Flight Test Crew will highlight the gaps that exist, both in knowledge and motivation, between the student pilots of decades past and future drone pilots. What are the biases that conventional flight training programs bring to the instruction of these new aviators, and how do they inhibit their learning? What basic concepts, taken for granted by aviation professionals and enthusiasts, baffle these outsiders who will soon constitute the largest group of certified pilots in the world?

Developer Insights: Pixhawk’s Open Hardware Roadmap

Mix and mingle with the latest members of the Pixhawk family and learn the Pixhawk project roadmap from the project maintainer. Both contributors and adopters of the de facto open hardware standard will share with their experience working with the community. This is a unique opportunity to meet with the developers behind the autopilots (flight controllers) in the Pixhawk suite of hardware.