Join 8,500 technologists, regulators and users across commercial and defense sectors for AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, the largest, most comprehensive trade show for unmanned and autonomous systems. As adoption spreads and applications expand, XPONENTIAL is the one event that brings together the entire unmanned systems community to share ideas, collaborate across markets, capitalize on best practices and emerging trends and harness the power of unmanned technology for your business.

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Monday, April 29, 2019 | 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Room: S501

Registration Fees:

  • Registration fee: $349, includes XPO Hall Pass
  • Pre-registration is required
  • PLEASE NOTE: To register ONLY for the DronePort Seminar, choose "Co-located Events ONLY" under "Registration Fees" on the online registration form. See step-by-step registration instructions >>


Discover how Droneports are creating an epicenter for region UAS activities and providing companies the airspace to fly drones safely. Learn from industry leaders and visionary communities about how Droneports are already serving as nodes for testing, training and commercial drone operations by obtaining permissions for flight, and providing facilities for housing and maintenance, fueling, piloting of fleets and more.

This seminar is for anyone interested in developing a Droneport in their community. As the industry develops, new business opportunities are focusing their efforts around Droneports as entrepreneurs take on these new markets. Companies needing to operate fleets of drones in a region can benefit by having a facility to handle these logistical needs. The DronePort Network, working in concert with the Unmanned Aerial Systems Cluster Initiative (UASCI), funded through a contract with the U.S. Small Business Administration, brings together communities and thought leaders interested in unlocking the potential to prosper and create jobs in the emerging UAS industry.


  • What is a Droneport?
  • Varying Models of Existing Droneports
  • What Communities are Doing Now to Prepare
  • Industry Forecast: Trends and Federal Legislation
  • Determining if a Droneport is Right for Your Community
  • Building Community Support
  • Potential Funding, Operating Sources and Partners
  • Building the Eco-system to Support Droneport Development


Matching UAS Industry Needs with Community Assets

Lessons learned in developing droneports in collaboration with airports in Michigan, Wyoming, Texas and California to support drone infrastructure and development.  Understand what the industry needs, key elements you bring to the table and how to identify your target audience.

  • Speaker: Thomas Swoyer, Jr., President, GrandSKY Development Company

Panel: Is a Droneport Right for Your Community?

Hear from droneport project managers in Kentucky, Wyoming and Oklahoma regarding what their communities are doing now to prepare to support UAS activities.  This panel will feature varying models of droneports, what it takes to build support for the project, as well as potential funding sources, tenants and partners and what you need to consider when developing an operating plan. 

  • Panelist: Bart Massey, Executive Director, USA DronePort
  • Panelist: Paul Tutty, Program Manager, Skyway 36, an Innovation and Technology Project of the Osage Nation, Tulsa, OK
  • Panelist: Timothy L. Stamp, Business Development Director, Coffey Engineering & Surveying, Laramie, WY 

Central Role of Flight Safety Systems and Airspace Management in Droneport Development 

Setting up a droneport can be a complex process, especially when complying with standards and regulations, managing FAA authorizations and providing responsible airspace management. Flying drones near controlled airspace or beyond visual line-of-sight requires unmanned aircraft operators to be able to detect-and-avoid other aircraft and to maintain well-clear distances. This session will help you to understand and begin to address thesey challenges with the strategies, processes and technical solutions available to implement safe and compliant airspace management for your droneport.

  • Speaker: Kraettli L. Epperson, CEO, Vigilant Aerospace Systems

Federal Aviation Administration UAS Forecast

Be among the first to hear newly released information from the FAA. In this presentation, we will provide activities of UAS (sUAS) in the US, presenting a detailed look at the past trends, current distribution of non-hobby/commercial sUAS, and types of equipment that are flown today. Additionally, we will provide trends associated with remote pilot authorization in the country. Using time series and econometric models that have been developed within the FAA, we will then present 5-year outlook/forecast of sUAS activities including remote pilot.

  • Speaker: Dipasis Bhadra, Senior Quantitative Economist with the FAA’s Office of Aviation Policy and Plans

​​Building the Local and Regional Ecosystem to Support UAS Development

A brief case study of the UAS Cluster Initiative, highlighting the key components necessary to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports UAS industry growth. 

  • Speaker: Amanda Radovic, Program Manager, UAS Cluster Initiative

Assessing Economic Impact and Job Creation of Droneport Activities 

Learn about key economic indicators that can be used to secure funding for your project. How assessing the economic impact of small and large commercial droneport operations, including job creation and wages, spend in the local economy and employment impacts as part of your project.

  • Speaker: Jeffrey Donohoe, Principle, Donohoe and Associates, LLC

Facilitated Discussion: What is Necessary to Support the Development of Droneports

Join the conversation centered on what is necessary to support the development of droneports.  What do you need to know that you don’t know? What do you need to continue to move forward? Where are you struggling and what do you need to break through?

  • Jim Troxel, Executive Consultant, UAS Angels and Cowboy Technology Angels 

Presented by 
The DronePort Network in collaboration with Unmanned Aerial Systems Cluster Initiative 

The DronePort Network brings together communities and thought leaders interested in unlocking the potential to prosper and create jobs in the emerging UAS industry. The Unmanned Aerial Systems Cluster Initiative (UASCI), is funded through a contract with the U.S. Small Business Administration to accelerate the growth of the Unmanned Aerial System industry in the U.S. by enabling established companies and emerging entrepreneurs to connect, work together, and gain access to national technology, global capital, advanced business models and global markets.