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.


sUAS For SAR workshop


The workshop will be two full intensive hours based on lessons learned and in the field experience with UAS SAR expert Gene Robinson. SAR is not something to take lightly as the consequences can literally be life and death, and if you have ever considered SAR with sUAS, Gene is the expert who can tell you what it take to participate.  He will be covering what it takes to be an efficient and safe part of an organized search drawing on ten years of experience in a multitude of searches around the globe. Learn how you and your UA can be a professional level asset that can produce tangible results.

Prospective attendees should make plans to sign up early as space is limited, and last year’s offering was standing room only!

First to Deploy

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


Speaker schedule 2014


It’s finally here our second show IRL, and it’s sold out and that’s hardly surprising when you see who is speaking. No other unmanned aircraft show gets you in the same room and speaking face to face to industry leaders in the same manner. Small, but perfectly formed we like to think.

If you missed out on a ticket you can still follow the show live streaming on our YouTube channel

For those with tickets Registration starts at 8:30 am on the 8th of May @ the Observation Post, 211 Lincoln Blvd 94129 San Francisco .

Lunch will be available for an additional $15/ day. We suggest bringing cash if you want to expedite the lunch ordering process.

May 8th (Day One)

9:00 – 9:10 Welcome and Opening Statements – Patrick Egan, sUAS News

9:10 – 9:30 – Patrick Egan, sUAS News

9:30 – 10:00 UAS Certification – Doug Davis

10:00 -10:30 LiDAR Demo – Wolfgang Juchmann, Velodyne LiDAR

10:30 -11:00 BREAK

11:00 – 11:30 Henri Seydoux –Parrot Drone

11:30 – 12:00 Doug Marshall – NMSU PSL

12:00 – 1:30 LUNCH

1:30 – 2:30 Jim Williams – FAA UASIO

2:30 – 2:50 Harshil Goel – VIRES Aeronautics

2:50 – 3:10 Knut T. Moe – Eye Remote Solutions

3:10 – 3:30 BREAK

3:30 – 3:50 Parimal Kopardekar – NASA

3:50 – 4:10 Rory Paul – Volt Aerial Robotics

4:10 – 4:20 Colin Snow – Survey Report

4:20 – 4:30 Gary Hethcoat – 3D Printed Drone

4:30 – 5:00 Rick Connolly –President RCAPA


Brogdan Radu – Advanced Systems Engineering

Closing Statements – Patrick Egan

Reception sponsored by: Advanced Systems Engineering

May 9th (Day Two)

8:55 – 9:00 Opening statements – Patrick Egan – sUAS News

9:00 to 9:20 Gabe Ladd – Advanced Concepts Consulting

9:20 to 9:50 Todd Jacobs – NOAA

9:50 -10:10 Marko Peljhan – C-Astral

10:00 – 12:00 SAR Workshop – Gene Robinson – RP Search Services (Room B)

10:10 – 10:25 Vikki Stone – Poms & Associates

10:25 – 10:45 Danny Hajicek – Field of View

10:45 to 11:00 BREAK

11:00 – 11:20 Lucas van Oostrum – Aerialtronics

11:20 – 11:40 Joshua France – Riegl U.S.A

11:40 – 1:00 LUNCH

1:00 – 1:20 Chris Anderson – 3D Robotics

1:20 – 1:40 Jonathan Evans – SkyWard

1:40 – 1:55 Maha Calderon – MahaPix Studio/Drone TV

1:55 – 4:00 RC AP Workshop with Gus Calderon – IsisCopter (Room B)

1:55 – 2:15 Rich Kapusta – Alta Devices

2:15 – 2:45 BREAK

2:45 – 3:05 Leslie L. August – ATA Carnets

3:05 – 3:25 Tim Saffold – URS Corporation

3:25 – 3:45 Lorenzo Martelletti – Pix4D

3:45 – 4:05 Jonathan Downey – Airware

4:05 – 4:25 Janis Kuze – SPH Engineering

Open Discussion – Closing statements/Prizes Patrick Egan – sUAS News

(*Times and speakers are subject to change)


Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition May 8th and 9th, 2014 Schedule of Speakers and Sponsors


Come on out to the Presidio Thursday May 8th and Friday May 9th for the country’s only unmanned systems business symposium. Only commercial and scientific uses and applications for unmanned aircraft systems. Don’t miss this historic opportunity to meet and network with experts and industry leaders.

Lunch will be available for purchase each day at an extra cost of $15


Patrick Egan, sUAS News

Doug Davis, UAS Certification

Henri Seydoux, Parrot

Doug Marshall, NMSU PSL

Rick Connolly, President RCAPA

Jim Williams, FAA UASIO

Harshil Goel, Vires Aeronautics

Knut Moe, Eye Remote Solutions

Parimal Kopardekar, NASA

Rory Paul, Volt Aerial Robotics

Colin Snow, Copter Cam

Gary Hethcoat

Brogdan Radu, Advanced Systems Engineering

Friday –

Gabe Ladd, Advanced Concepts Consulting

Todd Jacobs, NOAA

Marko Pelihan, C-Astral

Gene Robinson, RP Search Services

Vikki Stone, Poms & Associates

Danny Hajicek, Field of View

Lucas van Oostrum, Aerialtronics

Joshua France, Riegl U.S.A.

Chris Anderson 3DRobotics

Jonathan Evens, RTI

Maha Calderon, MahaPix Studios/Drone TV

Gus Calderon, IsisCopter

Rich Kapusta, Alta Devices

Leslie L. August, ATA Carnets

Tim Saffold, URS Corporation

Lorenzo Martelletii, Pix4D

Jonathan Downey, AirWare

Janis Kuze, SPH Engineering

(*Times and days are subject to change!)

2014 SUSB Expo Sponsors (confirmed)

sponsors (1)

- Platinum

C-Astral, Slovenie,

Poms Associates, USA,


RC Tiger Motor, China,

Alta Devices, USA,


Aerialtronics, Netherlands,

Eye Remote Solutions, Switzerland,


Transport Risk, USA,

Riegl, Autriche,

Venture -

Drone Deploy

Rising Tide Innovation,

UgCS , Latvia, Lettonie

Spiral Moon Media

Monterey Space Port and UAV Flight School

Silicon Valley Robotics

Workshops -

Search and Rescue Workshop

IPS Nexgen, USA

Remote Control Aerial Photography Workshop

DJI, China


AtA Carnets, USA,

Velodyne LiDAR, USA,


VIRES Aeronautics Announces $1M Round of Series AA Funding


Funding Advances Development of Innovative Aircraft Wing Design

Berkeley, California:  – VIRES Aeronautics, developers of a revolutionary airplane wing design, today announced a $1 million Series AA round of financing. The funding will enable VIRES Aeronautics to meet increasing customer demand for extended flight time in the rapidly growing industry for unmanned aerial vehicles. Draper Associates led the round with participation from Lemnos Labs, Vegas Tech Fund, Promus Ventures, Lance White, Don Hutchison, and Toivo Annus.

This is the first true innovation in aviation since the jet engine,” explained Tim Draper, Partner at Draper Associates. VIRES Aeronautics’ novel wings allow aircraft to takeoff and land faster, fly longer, carry more, and consume less fuel. Drones are just brushing the surface, whereas their technology also has the capacity to disrupt a myriad of other markets including, but not limited to, automobiles, submarines, ships, turbines, and trains.

The aerospace industry is a lucrative and promising opportunity that investors are just beginning to explore. The commercial-operated drone market in the United States alone is anticipated to reach $90b in 2015, presenting an unparalleled opportunity for VIRES Aeronautics to penetrate and disrupt a previously stagnant industry.

We look for startups whose technology is game-changing and whose impact is straight forward,“ said Jeremy Conrad, Partner at Lemnos Labs. “VIRES Aeronautics’ unique solution significantly improves the capability of drones to change our lives, and that is just the first of many markets their technology can impact. We’re excited to help them fulfill that vision.”

About VIRES Aeronautics, Inc.

VIRES Aeronautics created a revolutionary wing design for small to mid-sized unmanned aerial vehicles, enabling faster takeoff and landing, increased payload capacity, improved maneuverability, extended range, and reduced fuel consumption. Founded in 2012 and headquartered in San Francisco, CA. For more information, visit:

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Search And Rescue workshop at the SUSB EXPOSITION


A first for the SUSBExpo!

The sUSBExpo will conduct it’s first targeted session for civilian small unmanned aircraft use.  Gene Robinson of RPFlight Systems, Inc, / RPSearch Services will conduct a two hour seminar on the highest public approval rate subject of any small UAS use.  Based upon almost 10 years of utilizing a flying wing to perform Search & Rescue, support Fire and First Responders, the session will cover such topics as aircraft selection – fixed wing or MR?  Cameras to use – is more mega pixels better?  Will different spectrum like near IR, UV be helpful?  Is there specialized software that will help?  What do I need to integrate into a search?  The COA process will also be discussed and just WHO is eligible and what can you do to get yours.   These and other topics will be explored and detailed in one great session.

Gene Robinson is an expert in the application of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Search And Rescue (SAR). He is the author of ”First to Deploy – Unmanned Aircraft for SAR & Law Enforcement”. RPSearch Service UA crews were the first to be featured in a national television criminal justice series – Court TV in 2005. The first to be directly credited with a recovery in the NAS using small UA and one of the first to apply for a successfully receive a COA for a civilian non-federal government agency

Reserve your seat early for this exciting opportunity to learn from an industry expert.

The SUSB Expo SAR Workshop is sponsored by: Information Processing Systems

An information technology leader, IPS provides a diverse portfolio of innovative technologies. IPS – Interoperability and disaster relief communication Solutions