ACC Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): What Aviation Professionals Should Know On-Demand Webinar

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This ACC on-demand webinar provides an overview of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) current technologies, applications, regulations, and operations. The presenters will discuss the proliferation of UAS/drones in the national airspace system over the last three years, including public operations, commercial services, and recreational use. This webinar will focus on the types of operations that aviation professionals can expect to encounter, including unmanned aircraft pilots, airport operators, and air traffic managers. The presenters will also cover current activities for establishing UAS program operations standards and best practices. 


At the end of this ACC on-demand webinar, participants will be able to:
• Categorize the types of UAS/drone operations applicable to specific areas.
• Identify what information is relevant to ask a drone operator – or provide to authorities – relating to questionable drone operations.
• Explain current regulatory activities and resources related to proper drone operations and integration.
• Prepare for the continued and increased likelihood of sharing airspace with unmanned aircraft.


• Matthew Griffin (Moderator), Director, Regulatory Affairs and Education, Airport Consultants Council (ACC)
• Kyle Snyder, Unmanned Systems Program Manager, Cherokee Nation Technology Portfolio
• Thomas Zajkowski, Flight Operations Manager, NextGen Air Transportation Center (NGAT), Institute for Transportation Research and Education, North  Carolina State University


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PDH, CM and LU credits/hours are not offered for this ACC on-demand webinar. However, after viewing the on-demand webinar, participants can download a certificate of completion. 

Kyle Snyder

Unmanned Systems Program Manager, Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs

Kyle Snyder has more than 20 years of experience in researching, developing, testing, educating, and integrating advanced aviation and unmanned systems technologies. He has worked with federal agencies, state and local governments, large contractors, small businesses, and academia to accelerate the integration of unmanned aircraft systems ("drones") into the National Airspace System since 2000. Mr. Snyder is now the Program Manager for the Department of Homeland Security’s Tunnel Robotics Program at Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs. Mr. Snyder's career is built on transitioning new technologies in unmanned systems command and control, communications, human-machine collaboration, and autonomy into live operations. He led exercises using drones for wild land fire fighting situational awareness in 2009 and 2010; he secured the first academic partnership with the Army’s UAS Program Office in 2012; he started North Carolina’s UAS program including membership on the FAA’s UAS Center of Excellence Team- ASSURE; and led the NGAT Consortium until 2019. In his current role, Mr. Snyder is leading the testing and demonstrations of ground robots, unmanned aircraft, and subterranean communications, for developing products to support tunnel exploration and mapping. He enjoys his role as a knowledge bridge between operational resources responsible for executing a mission and engineering teams focused on research and product development. Just as drones continue to personalize aviation as never before, the interfaces between people and robots will become ever more frequent opening many new opportunities for expanding human performance. Mr. Snyder uses these opportunities as inspiration for discovery, for business value, and for sharing with those around him.   

Thomas Zajkowski

Flight Operations Manager, NextGen Air Transportation Center (NGAT), Institute for Transportation Research and Education, North Carolina State University

Thomas Zajkowski is the Flight Operations Manager for the NextGen Transportation Program (NGAT) at the Institute for Transportation Education and Research at North Carolina State University.  Currently, NGAT operates under 18 Certificates of Authorization weekly. These flights take place at eight sites throughout North Carolina for North Carolina Department of Transportation, and university-sponsored projects. Previously, he was employed at the United States Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Center (RSAC), Salt Lake City, Utah as a Remote Sensing Specialist.  In addition to working on remote sensing projects at RCAC, Mr. Zajkowski instructed land management focused GIS, GPS, and Remote Sensing classes. He also flew aerial photography mission throughout the western United States. Mr. Zajkowski provided research and development support to National Infrared Operations (NIROPS), which provides timely fire mapping and intelligence to incident command team. This support included operational support as an Infrared Interpreter, as well as investing and integrating new technology, such as data downlinks, web-based ordering, scheduling, and data discrimination. He supported numerous UAS wildfire data collection projects from 2001 – 2012 and working with cooperators with NASA, NOAA, Department of the Interior, Department of Defense, state emergency management agencies, and universities. These projects included the NASA funded Wildfire Research and Applications Partnership (WRAP) a NASA funded investigation of improved airborne and sensor observations of wildfire conditions. The technology was demonstrated using the NASA Ikhana UAS and small UAS. Mr. Zajkowski was the UAS lead for the Data Set for Fuels, Fire Behavior, Smoke, and Fire Effects Model Development and Evaluation the RxCadre Project 2011-2013. This project evaluated small UAS to collect thermal imagery and meteorological data over prescribed fires. He holds an FAA Commercial pilots licenses and is trained as pilot for several small UAS including Sentera Vireo, Trimble UX5, Aibotix X6, and DJI Phantom, and Inspire.


Registration fee payments must be received when registering for the webinar. For those submitting a check for payment of their registration fee, payment must be received by ACC not later than 24 hours prior to the start of the webinar for payment processing and release of registration for webinar participation.


Refunds will be issued in full for registration cancellations received in writing at up to three business days prior to the start of the webinar. Cancellations made less than three business days from the start of the webinar will receive a refund minus 50% of the registration fee or the registration can be applied to a future ACC webinar within six months.


Requests for transfer of registrations from one individual to another must be received in writing at at least two business days prior to the start of the webinar.


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No credits available  |  Certificate available PLEASE NOTE: ACC does not offer PDH, CM or LU/HSW credits/hours for completion of this on-demand webinar.