Drone World Expo, Day 2

Day Two of Drone World Expo was also filled with great talks on drones and security, drone in the insurance industry, drones in film and television, and drones in business. I also found the one booth selling books and bought a book on drones (haha what kind of book do you think I would buy at a drone conference). It was a very good conference, but it went by too quickly.

Talks attended:

10/4/2017 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Drones in the Insurance Industry

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
Security Series Part 2: Remote Identification for Unmanned Aircraft

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Aerial Artistry: Exceptional Film and Television

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Optimizing Drone Surveillance for Security and Business Uses

Drone World Expo

I am in San Jose to attend the 3rd annual Drone World Expo from October 3-4, 2017. The schedule was filled with too many fabulous talks (sad to have that problem at a conference) and the speakers were individuals that ranged from the FAA to AOPA to NASA to private industry to even a few people in academics.

It was an action packed first day and by the end of the night I was in information overload. There was a fantastic ‘Women of Commercial Drones Roundtables’ event and it was really fun to talk to some inspiring women doing amazing things in drones. Other great talks include talks on air traffic control and drones, security and drones, law enforcement and drones, and the news and drones. The Kratsios talk was the most disappointing talk of the whole expo, as he just kept repeating the party line and offered no relevant drone information.

Talks attended:

10/3/2017 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
The State of UTM: Policy and Air Traffic Management Updates from Around the Globe

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
Security Series Part 1: Counter Measures for Unmanned Aircraft

KEYNOTES
1:00 PM – 1:20 PM
Michael Kratsios, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer, The White House

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Drones and Law Enforcement: What’s Now and What’s Next?

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Women of Commercial Drones Roundtables

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Industry Standards for Newsgathering

Do You Know the Way to San Jose?

Off to the Drone World Expo in San Jose, California.

The photos are of the flight over San Fransisco. I didn’t get any photos of San Jose. There were mountains. It was dry, but I did see some palm trees. The television in my hotel room knew my name! Weird.

Bemidji Day #3

41st Annual Air Race Classic
Bemidji Regional Airport (KBJI) – Bemidji, MN

At the airport by 6am. 28 planes had to leave this morning and one had to arrive and leave! The last one finally left around 6:30pm. Then a little after 7pm I started the drive home. Arrived home about 1am. Fun, but very long day.

41st Annual Air Race Classic

41st Annual Air Race Classic
“Blazing Trails in the Sky – Frederick to Santa Fe”

4 days, 2600+ miles, 9 high-speed flybys..
Bemidji Regional Airport (KBJI) – Bemidji, MN

I have arrived in Bemidji! Only took over 5 hours. Google maps said 3.5, but I guess it did not take account of getting lost and ending up by Camp Ripley and a few pit stops for gas, bathroom breaks, and I just needed to stop and stretch the back.

A few racers have already come and gone at Bemidji before I arrived, including Minnesota 99 Tracy Lovness. Tracy was the first racer here! Congrats Tracy. The Minnesota 99s were given bandannas, made in Bemidji, so that they know that we are official volunteers. The airport is doing a wonderful job with race and providing food and transportation for the racers.

We have a tent on the side of the taxiway so that we can time the racers as they come in at 200 feet above the runway.