The Big Picture: Ecosystem Integration Sessions

Webinar Details
  • Hosted by
  • May 6, 2021, (UTC)
  • Register for a range of sessions:

    Enabling the Future of Things That Fly
    1:00 PM – 1:45 PM ET

    Hybrid configuration aircraft are becoming increasingly prevalent—aircraft that transform between traditional flight modes while in flight. If we look beyond Part 107 to routine commercial UAS operations that include BVLOS and operations over people, how will these vehicles be approved or certified? This session explores how the lines are blurring between aircraft types and how traditional thinking about aircraft and operational approvals may no longer apply when these varied aircraft configurations are intermixed. There have been many attempts to simplify certification while enhancing safety. However, in the last 15 years, industry standards-based approaches have expanded to all light aviation including both manned and unmanned vehicles. These frameworks are leading to leaps in the pace of innovation. But, what happens when the aircraft are highly autonomous or no longer fit traditional classifications? How do we assure safe autonomous aircraft and gain approval to safely operate with never-before-seen levels of automation? This session seeks to provide seeds for ideas, generate dialogue, and provide perspective-giving thoughts to business leaders, regulators, policy makers, and users of all kinds. We will explore likely pathways to enable these novel aircraft to achieve approval and begin delivering real value at scale.


    TOP 5 DOs for Social Acceptance of Drones
    1:00 PM – 1:45 PM ET

    Drones can improve productivity by completing tasks more efficiently, such as surveying construction sites quicker, provide crucial information to emergency services or reduce workplace dangers to save lives potentially. Simultaneously, as the substantial potential benefits of safe and secure use of drones are becoming clear, the public is concerned about illegal and irresponsible drone usage, noise, and privacy.

    In this presentation, Eszter Kovacs will introduce the TOP 5 DOs for Social Acceptance of Drones based on her interviews with C-level executives in the drones field combined with data collected by different well-recognized researchers bodies.


    When Autonomy Collides with Reality – The Path to Competent Autonomy
    2:00 PM – 2:45 PM ET

    There is no doubt that the world of Autonomous vehicles is accelerating (forgive the pun)! But are we getting so caught up in the hype that we are forgetting the business basics. We have argued for many years that UAS are remote sensors, now they are becoming much more than that. They are no longer passive viewers and reporters but are becoming active participants in the data ecosystem. This talk will explore what we call “Competent Autonomy.” Meaning achieving the right level of autonomy to flawlessly perform the task at hand, time after time. We ague that use cases matched to the real-world capabilities that exist or are on the near term horizon are critical. This must start with the desired result and then consider the technology available, the integration requirements and the operational obstacles. Finally, does AI and machine learning coupled with real time data flows meet the requirement?. We suggest that in many cases they don’t. Either the networks have not yet matured, the necessary integration into legacy systems is too complex or at the very least has not been thought through. Finally, competent autonomy means human acceptance, the jury is still out on the one!


    UAM Aircraft Noise and Its Impact on Public Acceptance
    2:00 PM – 2:45 PM ET

    Noise generated by UAM aircraft and the profound effect it can have on public opinion and acceptance, as well as the successful operation of UAM vehicles and vertiports, take center stage in this informative and thought-provoking panel. SAE International convenes industry thought-leaders and innovators for an in-depth discussion of UAM vehicle noise, noise prediction, noise reduction technologies, human response, standards, regulations, requirements, and more.

    Posted by Emma Wilden Connect & Contact