Policy Day

Tuesday, Sept. 3

How will the current regulatory landscape influence your business operations? New to InterDrone, Policy Day will offer you and your business guidance on navigating through legal noise to ensure successful and lawful flights. The content is designed for service providers, enterprise operators and public service agencies who are responsible for planning and managing operations.

Topics to be covered include

  • PRIVACY: Protecting Your Rights, Understanding Your Obligations
  • BE SMART: “Ramp Checked”
  • CUAS: When Drones Aren’t Welcome
  • FUTURES: On the Waivers Edge
  • REMOTE ID: The State of Play

After the sessions conclude, the day will close with an intimate cocktail hour including the speakers. Attendees will have access to the who’s who of drone policy within the United States and abroad with this unique VIP experience.

Here’s the in-depth look at the scheduled sessions


Where are we, what’s next and how long is it going to take?


Conference Chair Mike Pehel and Policy Day curator Christopher Korody will bring you up to date as they set the stage for the day.

PRIVACY: Protecting Your Rights, Understanding Your Obligations

What’s yours, what’s theirs and how to tell the difference


This panel will explore three of the most pressing topics facing the industry.

  • Privacy
  • Data
  • Liability


  • Lydia Hilton, Counsel – Berman Fink Van Horn P.C.
  • Dawn Zoldi, Associate General Counsel – USAFA Business Matters
  • Mark McKinnon, Partner – Fox Rothschild

“Ramp Checked”

Getting along with the FAA and other regulators


More and more FSDOs (Flight Standards District Offices) are doing drone ramp checks, and more and more RPICs (Remote Pilot in Command) are having interactions with local law enforcement. This roundtable will explore how to make those interactions go smoothly.


  • Vic Moss, Co-Owner – Drone U
  • Ryan LaTourette, Drone Labs Special Advisor – DXC Technology
  • Mickey Osterreicher, General Counsel – National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)
  • David J. Martel, Safety Officer/sUAS Program Coordinator – Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
  • Kenneth Kelley, Aviation Safety Airworthiness FPM/POC sUAS Educational Outreach – FAA Safety Team (FAAST), AFS-850

CUAS: When Drones Aren’t Welcome

The legalities and realities when drones are not welcome


Learn about what is being done by the companies and agencies charged with protecting critical infrastructure and large public events.


  • Travis Moran, Vice President – Welund
  • Daniel Abreu, Deputy Associate Director, Security Programs, Infrastructure Security Division- Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
  • Randy White, Principal Manager, Physical Security & Asset Protection – Southern California Edison
  • Jennifer Richter, Partner – Akin Gump
  • Jennifer Holtz, Deputy Division Chief – Cybersecurity and Communications Reliability Division, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission

Remote ID: The State of Play

What now, what’s next?


The Remote ID (RID) NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) is scheduled to be published in September. What is the status of the ASTM standard? The FAA has asked the DAC (Drone Advisory Committee) to help develop plans for people to begin participating voluntarily. What does that mean? And what can service providers do until there is a rule? Get those questions answered and more by those on the front lines of the RID conversation.


  • Andrew Elefant, Director of Legal & Policy – Kittyhawk
  • Andy Thurling, CTO – NUAIR Alliance
  • Matt Fannelli, Director of Strategy – Skyward
  • Amit Ganjoo, Founder and CEO – ANRA Technologies

FUTURES: On the Waivers Edge

Who’s pushing the envelope and what are they doing?


What’s it take to get a waiver for complex operations? And how does it change your operations? There will be three formal presentations.

  • Richard Lopez, VDC Manager – Hensell Phelps will discuss their recent waiver for operations over people.
  • Matt Dunlevy, CEO – SkySkopes will talk about their experience with BVLOS.
  • Lorenzo Murzilli, Program Manager – FOCA (the Swiss CAA) will provide a brief overview to the JARUS guidelines on SORA (Specific Operations Risk Assessment) and how the process can be used to support waiver applications.

Policy Day Schedule

9:00 am–5:30 pm              Registration & Badge Pickup

11:00 am – 11:15 pm        Introduction

11:15 am – 12:15 pm        Session

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm          Lunch Break

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm            Session

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm            Session

3:15 pm – 3:40 pm            Coffee Break

3:40 pm – 4:40 pm            Session

4:40 pm – 5:40 pm            Session

5:40 pm – 7:00 pm            Cocktail Party