Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Workshop - Daytona Beach


A three-day course — taught by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University — designed for UAS program managers, engineers, UAS pilots & operators, and individuals seeking to obtain further knowledge of UAS operations.

UAS Workshop

This three-day Embry-Riddle Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) course is designed to identify the key concepts, attributes, and challenges of UAS operations. Participants will receive 2.4 continuing education units (CEUs) for successful completion of this course.

The UAS sector is one of the fastest growing and most dynamic segments within aviation industry. Currently the majority of UAS growth has been in support of military and security operations however, recent congressional mandates have unlocked a bourgeoning civilian market with interest in a broad range of uses such as aerial photography, precision agriculture, mapping, monitoring climate and environmental conditions, and public safety.

Attendees will gain knowledge of:

  • UAS System Components and Classification
  • UAS Design and limitations
  • Regulatory Environment for UAS
  • Issues Associated with UAS Airspace Integration
  • Future and Current Trends affecting the UAS Industry

About the Workshop

Who Should Attend
  • UAS Engineers
  • Transitioning Military UAS Operators
  • Mission Coordinators
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Field Service Representatives
  • UAS Technicians
  • UAS Program Managers
Key Topics
  • The UAS Market
  • UAS Systems Design and Development
  • UAS Sensors Packages
  • UAS Navigation Systems
  • National Airspace System Integration
Labs & Resources
Embry-Riddle, in collaboration with URS, has built a state of the art Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) laboratory for research and aircrew training. Embry Riddle’s lab is outfitted with URS’ X-Gen Unmanned Aircraft System Trainer which is designed and built around proven image generator software for real-time rendering of the UAS sensor view together with controls, displays, and a 2D tactical map for air vehicle operations. The X-Gen simulator accurately reproduces the Ground Control System (GCS) hardware and UAS flight characteristics of large internally piloted UAS.  Participants at the Daytona Beach Workshop will have the opportunity to tour the lab and observe scenarios (subject to approval).
Instructor Expertise

This workshop will be instructed by the Embry-Riddle Program Coordinator for Unmanned Aircraft System Science; he is responsible for designing robust curriculum and courseware focusing on the unique attributes and challenges of Unmanned Aviation for the University. He is well versed in educating aspiring aviators, managers and researchers of the multiple nuances of Unmanned Aircraft Systems flight, system architecture and development, crew training, and regulation and ethics surrounding the integration of UAS into the National Airspace System.

His professional interests include UAS Aircrew qualification, Crew Resource Management, UAS simulation, and airspace integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems. His accomplishments include several publications and proceedings, as well as liaising with the Federal Aviation Administration, the NextGen test-bed, and law enforcement agencies to further the domestic use of UAS.  He also has worked closely with UAS industry leaders to develop state of the art simulation currently used by several universities. In addition to academic experience, he is an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) subject matter expert and former US Air Force Pilot with over 3000 hours in several different aircraft types including the C-130 Hercules and the MQ-9 Reaper.

  • When: December 9-11, 2014
  • Where: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL, Campus
  • Early Bird Fee: U.S. $1,300 (Prior to Oct.15, 2014)
  • Standard Course Fee: U.S. $1,400

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