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Florida International University UAS management for disaster response workshop

Florida International University Emergency Operations Center, Miami, FL

12 – 14 February 2018

This workshop goes beyond basic “how to study for a Part 107” and basic UAS flight training.

Our workshop cohorts bring together emergency operations and airspace management experts and those new to emergency response UAS operations to examine and learn the skills and cooperative management techniques applicable to disaster response UAS operations. You will learn how to effectively employ UAS technology to save lives, minimize property damage and accelerate recovery in communities affected by major storms and other emergency situations.

Benefits to all participants:

 Learn about UAS policy, operations and best practices from industry and public safety
 Participate in tailored breakout sessions for each of the three participant groups: UAS
operators, airspace managers and emergency management officials.
 Witness representative UAS demonstrations and interact with instructors to interpret
UAS sensor data and execute cooperative UAS operations.
 Contribute and learn in an interactive, immersive environment with experts in other
aspects of safely operating UAS and manned aircraft.
 Our small groups are structured to allow each participant to have a role, make decisions
and contribute to the cohort’s level of understanding.
 Each of the five teams will solve Hurricane Irma scenario-based problems leading to five
independent approaches to benefit all participants.
 Participants will have a hand in crafting future policies and procedures to (1) enable more
efficient emergency and disaster responses, (2) reduce the cost of damages and recovery, and (3) manage safer searches and rescues.

Benefits to Emergency Management and Public Safety Officials:

 Understand the value of UAS, their sensors and information in emergency scenarios
 Experience the interaction with airspace managers when deploying UAS
 Experience scenario-driven developments requiring responsive Search and Rescue (SAR)
 Test and make recommendations on existing procedures such as the UAS SAR

Addendum to the National SAR Supplement to the International Aeronautical and Maritime SAR Manual

Benefits to Airspace Managers and Pilots:
 Manage the demands for airborne assets in response to emergencies and make decisions
on safe asset allocation
 Learn how to be responsive to the needs of Incident Commanders
 Learn how to optimize all available air assets, both manned and unmanned
 Understand the communications issues of deploying UAS and safely managing their
airspace, especially when shared with manned aircraft
Benefits to UAS developers and service providers
 Serve as scenario UAS Pilots in Command (PIC) responding to airspace managers in
support of emergency Incident Commanders
 Interact with emergency management professionals learning to employ UAS during
disasters, manned aircraft pilots responding to the same emergencies and the managers
controlling the airspace.
 Collaboratively develop new UAS techniques and procedures.


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