Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition 2015 Workshop Schedule


This year’s workshop subjects include mapping, search and rescue, and aerial photography, and are hosted by professionals in the unmanned and remote sensing field. Workshop attendees will get insights and highlights of procedures and workflows honed from years of real world, in the field experience. This won’t be a waste of your time: no conjectures to cloud up the fast track to real careers in the unmanned and remote sensing business.

Workshops and webinars of this caliber could cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars elsewhere. But, these workshops are included in the price of your Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition admission. Now that’s a deal you can’t afford to miss!

Space is very limited, last year those who did not claim their space were left standing in the hallway, so reserve you space today by emailing

Be sure to also check the schedule for extended product demonstrations hosted by DJI and Pix4D.

April 30th

9:00am to 10:00 am – Mapping

Participants can expect to get a no holds barred overview of the entire gambit of small UAS mapping using different software’s and workflows.

Gabe Ladd is CEO and Founder of Advanced Concepts Consulting. He has spent the last twelve years working with UAV/UAS for civilian applications. He specializes in sensor and data system design and analysis. He helps his clients to build and implement custom data systems using a mixture of COTs and custom hardware and software to produce data products and analyses that are delivered in standard GIS methods for easy dissemination and communication.

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm – Search And Rescue

This will be the ultimate program with SAR expert Gene Robinson. Gene has 10 years in the field, and hands on experience. Folks ask me if I know any sUAS experts and I say I know one; Gene Robinson. Gene has written the book on sUAS and SAR.

First to Deploy – The definitive how to manual for effective, efficient and safe application of sUAS for SAR.

3:10pm to 4:30 pm – Aerial Photography

Come and learn how to compose shots like the pros, get insider tips on product, learn new flying and shooting techniques and how to deal with safety on various jobsites.

Matthew Lavin – Aerography is an aerial cinematography company based in Santa Cruz, CA merging groundbreaking UAV technology with professional grade camera systems to create epic imagery for our commercial media, sport and architecture clients. Our custom-built, remote control, aerial camera systems provide innovative, safe, low-altitude imagery from never-before-seen perspectives for clients like NBC, Airstream, Tesla, GE and more. Matthew Lavin, pilot and cinematographer, hails from NYC by way of Chicago began as a classically trained puppeteer working with Blue Man Group, Disney and Jim Henson moving toward more automation and robotics. After years working onset in cinematography, commercial photography, and production management, Matthew found his true calling manifest as a UAV pilot and cameraman. Kyle Berube, a SoCal native brings years of specialized cinematography and sport photography experience to bear to the Aerography team. Since moving to Santa Cruz, Matthew has been named Chancellor of the Monterey Bay UAV Flight School and is working to establish education and certification for the UAV/UAS industry. With 20 years RC experience, he is also an accredited member of AUVSI, RCAPA and AMA.

There is limited space available for these exciting and informative workshops and they will fill up. Email Veronica Luther at to reserve your place at these workshops today.

*Only registered attendees can be signed up for the workshops and it is first come first served!

Michael Drobac to Present At The 2015 Small Unmanned Systems Business Expo

There is no doubt that the Small UAV Coalition has burst onto the scene in a big way. In just a few short months they’ve been seen really moving and shaking up the commercial drone advocacy doldrums.

Big names, vision and praxis have come together to help lawmakers as well as the general public better understand that the commercial drone industry is here, responsible and ready for business. That’s a message that many of us in the community can support!

The progress thus far is encouraging, and it validates what many of us have been saying for years; let’s talk about the positive uses of the technology and about the small commercial systems and applications first.  It’s not rocket science; that’s what was needed was to put a positive and productive face on the industry. The Coalition “leadership” recognized that early on and has been able to help us paint that picture and move the ball forward in a timely fashion.

Exposition attendees will hear about the progress and work that has been accomplished in a busy 2014.  We also hope to hear about the exciting plans for the future, for not only Coalition members, but also the community at large.

It’s just one more reason not to miss this year’s Business Exposition —

Silicon Valley 2.0 Robot STEM Zone Sea Land Air & Space

Silicon Valley 2.0 Robot STEM Zone Sea Land Air & Space

Thought Leaders in STEM Education, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics will have exhibits on display in the Silicon Valley 2.0 Robot STEM Zone at sUSB Expo. Robot STEM in The Sea lead by Jill Zande of the MATE Center, Robot STEM on The Land lead by Andra Kay of Silicon Valley Robotics, Robot STEM in The Air lead by STANFORD UCSC CSUMB MBUAVFS and Robot STEM in Space lead by Tom Atchison of Rocket Mavericks. Exhibit host G Stearns of Stearns & More Capital.

Jim Williams

Jim-WilliamsJim Williams is the Manager of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office. This office functions as the single agency focal point for all UAS-related activities and is uniquely positioned to develop and coordinate solutions to UAS challenges across the FAA and with external organizations.

UAS are often described as the most disruptive aviation technology since the invention of the jet engine, and the FAA’s UAS Integration Office has the daunting challenge of accomplishing the safe, efficient, and timely integration of this technology into the National Airspace System (NAS), while balancing the political pressure and economic needs of the nation.

Before taking the helm of the UAS Integration Office in March 2012, Jim spent six years as the Director of Engineering Services in the FAA’s NextGen Organization, where he led the coordination and integration of all systems engineering work needed to move the NAS toward NextGen. This work gave him a deep understanding of how FAA research progresses into a mature concept and eventually into the many technologies that become operational in the NAS. His office also led the development of the NAS Enterprise Architecture and NAS-level Requirements. Together these engendered a great appreciation for the interrelationships of the many systems which will be touched by the UAS integration effort.

During his long career with the FAA, Jim led the organization tasked with lifecycle management of all FAA communications systems and the implementation of the Safety Management System in the Technical Operations Service Unit. He has also worked with the FAA Command Center to transition personnel into the Air Traffic Organization, directed the team that developed, procured, and installed all air/ground communications services for the FAA, and led the team that designed, procured, and fielded the FAA’s prototype Air/Ground Data Link Communications System.  Jim also led the FAA Team that negotiated with other federal agencies to create a second civil GPS frequency.

Prior to 1998, Jim held various FAA positions related to the regulation and certification of avionics systems. During this time, he led the offices responsible for writing standards for all avionics installed in U.S. civil aircraft and the certification standards and guidance for all navigation systems used on U.S. civil aircraft.

Before coming to FAA Headquarters in Washington, DC, Jim worked in the Atlanta Aircraft Certification Office as a systems engineer where his responsibilities focused on approving the avionics installed in the Gulfstream G-IV airplane. He also worked on revisions to the RTCA standards for the development of computer software used in avionics.

Prior to joining the FAA, Jim was a flight test engineer and a production liaison engineer for the Lockheed Georgia Company’s C5, C-141, and C-130 programs. He also worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Mission Control during the initial U.S. Space Shuttle flights.

A native of Tennessee, Jim is a graduate of The Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering. He currently lives in Reston, VA, with his wife, son, mother-in-law, and two standard poodles. He enjoys umpiring Little League baseball.