Drones and Natural Disasters:

What you can do after a disaster and

how you get permission to do it

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Whether you’re a public utility, an insurance company, a UAS service provider, or any other business that must respond in the aftermath of a disaster, you cannot miss this webinar.

Prior to last year, it was difficult, if not impossible, to obtain permission to fly a UAS in the aftermath of a disaster. The flight rules were restrictive and the FAA and first responders were primarily concerned with keeping the airspace clear for manned aircraft. That all changed last summer.

In the wake of some of the most costly hurricanes to strike in decades, the FAA made a commitment to promote the controlled use of UAS to help in recovery efforts. The FAA used Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) to permit UAS to operate in ways that would normally not be available. As a result, UAS were used in search and rescue, insurance adjustment, power line damage assessment and diaster response at a level never seen before.

With the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season just around the corner, now is the time to make sure that you are prepared for the challenges ahead. In this free webinar, we will take an in-depth look at:

  • The different levels of certification and how the protection varies
  • How to get Safety Act coverage for policies, procedures, and services -- and not just products
  • How airspace can be used during and after a disaster.
  • Who decides what aircraft can fly, and when?
  • What is the FAA looking for to determine if you are a responsible UAS operation?
  • How to use TFRs and other methods to get permission to perform flights that you might not normally be allowed to perform.
  • What is the role of state and local governments in overseeing operations during a disaster?
  • State laws regarding UAS and first responders, and how to avoid trouble.
  • How to leverage waivers to increase your chances of getting permission to fly.
  • UAS disaster response “use cases” and what types of operations are likely to be approved or prohibited.

As always, the audience will also have an opportunity to ask questions and shape the discussion.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email AskAviation@leclairryan.com.


Join us for this complimentary
90-minute webinar.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

1:00 – 2:30 pm ET

As with all of the UAS Webinar series, there is no cost for this webinar.

Please register by 12 pm on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Event Number
639 314 999

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