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2016 Schedule

Event Schedule

Friday, November 11, 2016

8:00 am – 12:00 pm Check-In and Registration
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Practice Day
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch
9:15 am – 5:15 pm Workshops

Saturday, November 12, 2016

8:00 am – 12:00 pm Check-In and Registration
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Drone Racing Preliminaries
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Cinematography Challenge
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch
10:00 am – 5:00 pm R/C Fixed-Wing Aircraft Demos
9:15 am – 5:15 pm Workshops
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Pilot Reception

Sunday, November 13, 2016

7:00 am – 8:00 am Check-In and Registration
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Drone Racing Finals
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Cinematography Challenge Judging
10:00 am – 12:00pm R/C Fixed-Wing Aircraft Demos
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Award Ceremony

 

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Workshops 

Friday, November 11, 2016

9:15 am – 10:15 am Craig Nehrkorn
Director of Business Development, Hangar Technology
10:30 am – 11:30 am Chad Budreau
AMA Government Relations Director Topic: Know Before You Fly
11:45 am – 12:45 pm Alvin Brunner
Aviation Safety Inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Flight Standards Division, Southwest Region, Fort Worth TX
Topic: Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Regulatory Overview & Outlook
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Luke T. Davis
Flytcam Motion Pictures Co-founder
Topic: Flying for Hollywood; Challenges and Opportunity
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Drone Boss
Damon Darnall
President / Founder Sky Eye Network                                                      Topic: “How to build a $100k Done business NOW” Part 1
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Keynote Speaker: Justin Haggerty
Founder and CEO of the International Drone Racing Association, Inc., (IDRA) World Standard in DroneRacing!                                                 Topic: Competition Breeds Innovation

Saturday, November 12, 2016

9:15 am – 10:15 am Michael Chambliss
Local 600 Business Representative and Drone Expert
10:30 am – 11:30 am Keynote Speaker: Justin Haggerty
Founder and CEO of the International Drone Racing Association, Inc., (IDRA) World Standard in DroneRacing!                                                    Topic: Drones for STEM
11:45 am -12:45 pm The Drone Boss

Damon Darnall
President / Founder Sky Eye Network                                                          Topic: “How to build a $100k Done business NOW” Part 2
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Chad Budreau
AMA Government Relations Director
Topic: The Future of Drones
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Craig Nehrkorn
Director of Business Development, Hangar Technology
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Alvin Brunner
Aviation Safety Inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Flight Standards Division, Southwest Region, Fort Worth TX
Topic: Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Regulatory Overview & Outlook

Speakers

Keynote Speaker

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Justin Haggerty

Founder and CEO of the International Drone Racing Association, Inc., (IDRA) World Standard in DroneRacing!

Justin Haggerty, 25, graduated from the United States Military Academy, at West Point, NY in 2014, with a Bachelors of Science in International History and Nuclear Engineering. He is currently serving as a First Lieutenant and Tank Platoon Leader, in the 1st Armor Division at Fort Bliss, TX. As a pioneer in drone racing, Justin founded the International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) in April, 2015.

International Drone Racing Association, Inc. (IDRA), is registered in Justin’s hometown of Belleville, MI.

The International Drone Racing Association, Inc., (IDRA) is a for-profit association founded on the belief that competition drives innovation, and that drone racing is the next evolution of robotic competition.

IDRA believes in growing this awesome new industry by organizing historic drone racing competitions such as the California Cup, North America Cup, and the World Drone Prix in Dubai that awarded the first ever $1 million prize purse and the winner was a 15-year-old from the United Kingdom that won 250,000, in March 2016.

International Drone Racing Association, Inc. (IDRA), mission is to grow this amazing community of tinkerers, dreamers, and innovators.

 

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Alvin Brunner

Aviation Safety Inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Flight Standards Division, Southwest Region, Fort Worth TX

Alvin Brunner is an Aviation Safety Inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Flight Standards Division, Southwest Region, Fort Worth TX. His Inspector duties primarily focus on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) integration into the National Airspace System. This includes a variety of duties ranging from policy formation, risk mitigation for Certificates of Authorization, to public relations. He is also the lead for the Flight Standards UAS Oversight and Compliance Focus Team. The UAS OCFT mission is to ensure communication of consistent and effective UAS policy and procedures for oversight and compliance management of UAS operations in the NAS. This team provides a single point of contact for field personnel and supports policy and procedures for UAS oversight and compliance of UAS operations in the NAS.

Inspector Brunner has a degree from Texas A&M University in Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Aeronautical Sciences from Embry-Riddle University. He is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel having served 26 years as a pilot and engineer. He joined the FAA in 2010 as one of the initial cadre of regional

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Chad Budreau

AMA Government Relations Director

Chad Budreau has enjoyed radio-controlled modeling since a child. For the past six years, Chad has been working at the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) to promote the hobby, sport, and educational pursuit of model aviation. The AMA is the world’s largest aeromodelling community-based organization representing over 190,000 hobbyist members, 2,400 flying sites, and 2,500 events across the country. Chad is currently spearheading AMA’s government relations efforts to help shape the future of UAS and to promote safety in the airspace. Chad’s expertise in UAS includes engaging with all levels of government and collaborating with the FAA Office of UAS Integration, Congress, UAS manufacturers, and industry leaders. Chad’s academic background includes a B.A. in Communication and Political Science and an M.A. in Media and Marketing.

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Luke T. Davis

Flytcam Motion Pictures Co-founder

Luke T. Davis is co-founder of Flytcam Motion Pictures. A former Air Force officer and current FAA-certified instructor, Luke has been involved in aerospace camera work for many years. He is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild and has operated aerial camera on both network television shows and major motion pictures. Additionally, Luke works in the commercial satellite industry designing and building small satellites with real-time motion imaging payloads. Luke is the only Guild member to also operate space-based video cameras remotely. He was a NASA Spacegrant Fellow at Spaceport America in 2008, and was inducted into the Anderson School of Management’s Alumni Hall of Fame in 2007. He holds an master of science from the International Space University, and a bachelors in international management from the UNM Anderson School of Management.

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Craig Nehrkorn

Director of Business Development, Hangar Technology

Having worked alongside Colin Guinn at DJI, 3DRobotics as part of their Enterprise Partner Network and now as part of Hangar Technology, I’ve had the pleasure of watching the UAV industry evolve from one driven by enthusiasts and prosumers to the latest pivot of one driven by the needs of enterprise and government clients. While navigating the rapidly evolving ecosystem of UAV manufacturers, aerial data processors, and service companies may make the formulation of a competitive business strategy a seemingly daunting task for these same enthusiasts and prosumers now looking to capitalize on their experience as drone pilots, we come to this years Spaceport America Drone Summit to let you know the industry needs you more than ever and to discuss our vision of what these emerging opportunities look like.

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The Drone Boss
Damon Darnall
President / Founder Sky Eye Network

Damon Darnall, aka the Drone Boss, is the founder of the Sky Eye Network, which is the number one network of professional drone entrepreneurs in the world. The Drone Boss has over 25 years of experience flying Drones and has logged over 10,000 Drone flight hours. He has set 2 world records and competed in numerous National and World competitions. And, he has a proven track record at successfully launching & running start up businesses. His expertise in replicating his successes has allowed him to teach Hundreds of people to successfully start their own profitable businesses and he has taught thousands to fly Drones. He is currently hosting “Drone Command Live” seminars all over America, helping new Drone Operators start successful and profitable businesses using their drones.

 

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Michael Chambliss

Local 600 Business Representative and Drone Expert

 

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