April 7 - 12, 2018 | Exhibits April 9 - 12 Las Vegas Convention Center

Aerial Robotics and Drone Pavilion

Aerial Robotics and Drone Pavilion

Content creators are always looking for fresh perspectives and new angles to propel their projects to new heights. The Aerial Robotics and Drone Pavilion always delivers. Find the industry’s leading experts ready to take you through all the aspects of employing aerial technology and couple that with dynamic exhibitor demonstrations built to give you an up-close and personal look at the latest technologies in action.

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Registration Packages

Access to the Aerial Robotics and Drone Pavilion is included with all registration types. Visit the Registration Packages page for additional information and to register.

Spotlight Sessions

Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS or Drones) are a staple in the toolkit of any videographer, and with good reason; they are used not only to create beautiful video from new (and previously unachievable angles), but to collect data that can be used for other production content. Cost effective, reduced risk, and often able to access in places that are generally inaccessible, this is not surprising that video professionals are rapidly adding sUAS to their production kit.

This field trip is designed for those either evaluating sUAS or who have recently acquired an sUAS for production use. Attendees will be able to fly with top instructors who are there not just to share best practices and , they're ready to address any questions or concerns ranging from standard practices, maintenance, or regulatory changes. This is a hands-on training course.

Each instructor will have small groups of student pilots so that we can fit the training to suit your needs and answer your individual questions. An average of 3 staff members per every 10 students assures that you will leave with the information and the practice that you need to improve your UAV skills.

Registration includes: round-trip transportation from Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) to flight location, catered lunch, drinks, snacks and all the hands-on instruction.

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UAS professionals looking to offer UAV photography and videography need to understand the steps required to setting up a successful UAV flight to showcase a property. We will discuss the best angles and operations for capturing a home, surrounding property, and the features of a property. Attendees will learn how to mix shots of the entire area/community, incorporate local street shots, and images of the property itself. In this session, we'll provide an outline of "can't-miss" shots, to provide a never-fail template of shots that can be captured with the sUAS/drone, without any other camera equipment.

We will also discuss safety practices, expected notifications/permits, and best practices for filming in an unfamiliar neighborhood. In this seminar, we will show you the best tools for showcasing any sort of real estate, how to use you UAS as a ground-capture tool in the event a gimbal is not available or practical, or color matching is required.This session will detail what you need to know to be successful with your UAV/sUAS with an eye for Real Estate videos and photos, taught by a veteran UAV operator/pilot. Attendees will experience examples of UAV/sUAS footage acquired using the examples described in this session.

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Greater than 70 percent of our flying information comes through the eye and the eye is easily tricked in darkness. This is compounded by the inexperienced pilot alternating views between a tabled/lighted display and the position of the UAV in the sky. Night flying has a higher accident rate than identical day flying, both in UAV and manned aviation. Why? Depth perception is severely distorted, as is reaction time. There are also visual illusions that need to be recognized and mitigated. This session will provide information that will allow pilots to sidestep these challenges, while properly assessing and managing the risks associated with night flight (as waived per Part 107.29). You'll also learn the foundation of applying for a COW/COA for night flight from an experienced night-flight pilot.

After a comprehensive theory session, we will board the bus and go to the night flight location for some practical experience. We'll present different types of visual illusions that commonly occur at night. In this practical hands-on class, we will discuss visual illusions as well as best practices for night flying. We will cover Autokinesis and Night Landing Illusions and how to avoid them. We will also discuss acclimating your eye for night flight. We will also cover the use of lights to illuminate our subjects and how to avoid "light contamination" in our eyes.

This class includes a certificate of night flight training, which can be used to expedite your FAA waiver.

You must purchase an individual pass to attend a field workshop. Workshop access is NOT included with any other registration packages. Visit the Registration page for more information. 

Produced in partnership with Future Media Concepts (FMC)

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In this class, mobile journalists will learn how to invoke a live stream from their mobile devices. We'll explore options from social networks such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook as well as robust platforms like Periscope, LiveStream, and Ustream. Creators will also learn how to tap into the DJIGO app for streaming from drones and the Oslo camera system. We'll also tackle hardware suggestions to improve video and audio quality.

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Got a drone? Using it at your station? Everything you knew a year ago has changed. This summer, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released their rules for flying unmanned aircraft systems (UAS); otherwise known as drones. Drones are available in increasing numbers online and in stores. Many of us, from broadcasters to consumers, want to fly them and do so safely, but too many do not realize that, while easy to buy a drone, it does not mean you can fly it anyplace for any purpose. The FAA's "Know Before You Fly" educational campaign provides current and future drone pilots with information and guidelines needed to fly drones safely and responsibly. For example, if you want to fly your drone commercially, you must follow the FAA's set of operational rules (known as "Part 107"). This presentation with answer some very significant questions; for example: What constitutes commercial use of a drone? What requirements must be met to fly a drone for my station or network? What are the operational rules, especially if I meet all the requirements? What else do I need to know? Having flown a few professional drones, and received the FAA's UAS certificate, I have picked up a thing or two about using drones and will share many 'valuable lessons learned' with drones from 'the trenches' at Radio Free Asia; no Google translation needed.

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With the FAA's announcement of the new FAR Part 107, there seems to be a tremendous confusion about what drone pilots may and may not do. This session is a quick-start guide to receiving your very own Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification from the FAA. While this session will not be long enough to cover all of the materials that you need to pass the test, it will guide you through the process, detailing what you need to study and learn, and clarify all the necessary steps to become Part 107 certified quickly and painlessly.

Taught by a veteran UAV operator/pilot, and FAA certified advanced Ground school instructor.

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This session continues where our 2016 session left off. With the addition of new FAA regulations and the new FAA "drone license", now more opportunities for commercial use can be found. Plus, new equipment, flight controllers, cameras and HD video transmission (specifically drone related) are available that were just in beta during 2016.

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