Broken Arrow, OK

September 12 – 13, 2018

Wednesday September 12, 2018 Thursday September 13, 2018 Full Agenda Expand all sessions

Wednesday September 12, 2018

12:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Registration Open
Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center
Event registration and check-in. On-site Registration Available.
01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
VIP Tour of Skyway 36 and FlightSafety
Shuttle leaves Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center
Skyway 36
Osage Nation’s own Skyway 36 is a re-purposing of the former Tulsa Downtown Airpark into an innovation zone that will include first-responder drone pilot training, tech startup space, UAS research and development, and a variety of other tech-related endeavors. Be the first to get a tour of one of the nation's first DronePorts.

FlightSafety Simulation
FlightSafety is the industry leader in the design and manufacture of the most capable flight training devices in the world. FlightSafety Simulation is the design, manufacturing, and support arm of FlightSafety In-ternational producing flight training devices for commer-cial and government applica-tion around the world. Activi-ties include design, configura-tion management, planning, purchasing, manufacturing, hardware/software integration, test, acceptance, and regulatory agency qualification.

During the tour of FlightSafety Simulation you will see state-of-the-art design activities and modern, high-tech manufacturing equipment and processes that FlightSafety has developed to make industry leading flight training devices for bizjets, commercial, and military aircraft.

Shuttle service will be provided to and from Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center. The shuttle will depart Stoney Creek at 1:00 PM at the front entrance

Restrictions apply and space is limited.

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02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
DronePort Network Meeting
Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center
Are you developing a DronePort? Come meet your peers. Hear from industry leaders. Meet technical experts. Explore the benefits for your community.

The purpose of this session is to ascertain the collective interest of the participants in forming a venue to conduct ongoing discussions, training, sharing of lessons learned and best practices about the development of DronePorts around the world. Mr. Kraettli Epperson, CEO of Vigilant Aerospace Systems Inc., will highlight the issues to be addressed by those considering or already in the midst of setting up new UAS DronePort programs including such topics as regulations and risk mitigation, airspace safety systems, and architecture and future-proofing that take into account future technology.

Participants will be able to be able to share their plans and ideas for DronePorts and ask questions and identify issues that they would like to discuss and learn from their peers. One key issue that will be considered is what the relative benefits are to local communities for developing a DronePort program to service the fast-growing drone industry. Jim Troxel, President of Cowboy Technology Angels, will guide the group in outlining a plan for future deliberations of this emerging peer network.
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Opening Reception
Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center
Pick up your registration materials, have a cocktail, and enjoy some local jazz music. Make friends with your fellow attendees over hors d'oeuvres and then continue the conversations over dinner in town or in the Blind Buffalo Pour House.

Thursday September 13, 2018

07:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Registration Open
Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Broken Arrow, OK
Event registration and check-in. On-site Registration Available
08:00 AM
Breakfast Begins
Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Broken Arrow, OK
08:15 AM - 08:30 AM
Special Welcome from Governor Mary Fallin
Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Broken Arrow, OK
Join us as Governor Fallin welcomes you to Oklahoma and kicks off the UAS Tech Forum. The start of a packed agenda with nationally and globally recognized UAS Leaders.

Governor Fallin has been a champion for the UAS industry from the start. Under Governor Fallin's leadership the Oklahoma Aerospace and Autonomous Systems Council (formerly Oklahoma Governor’s UAS Advisory Council) was created in 2011. The Council has gone on to spearhead the State's UAS Strategic Plan.

As a supporter of top-tier educational programs focused on UAS, test site development, UAS research funding, and manufacturing, Oklahoma is positioned to become a national UAS hub.

  • Mary Fallin, Governor, State of Oklahoma
  • 08:30 AM - 09:45 AM
    Enjoy breakfast and meet your fellow attendees while hearing from the nation's UAS leaders.

    Join us for an update on the Kansas Department of Transportation's Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP). One of only 10 recipients across the nation, the IPP Program is an opportunity for state, local, and tribal governments to partner with private sector entities, to accelerate safe UAS integration. The program will help the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) craft new enabling rules that allow more complex low-altitude operations.

    The morning continues with a keynote presentation by retired Air Force Major General James O. Poss providing an inside look at UAS policy and its impact on the industry.

    General James Poss is the founder and former Executive Director of the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Center of Excellence Team.  He is a leading expert on UAS, having helped designed the US Air Force’s remote split operations system for UAS control and the Distributed Common Ground Station for UAS intelligence analysis. 
  • General James O Poss, CEO, ISR Ideas
  • Lindsey Dreiling, Deputy Director of Aviation and UAS, Kansas Department of Transportation
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Pitch Session
    Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Broken Arrow, OK
    A session of Quick Pitches of the hottest available technologies today with applications in a variety of UAS markets. From raw tech, to startups, to the revenue generators, your next investment or big opportunity could be a Pitch away.

    Meet the Presenters!

  • Kinnee M. Tilly, Senior Vice President, Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce/Economic Development Corporation
  • Speaker(s):
  • Jacob Brazda, Co-owner, Sherpa Aerospace Technologies LLC
  • Phillip Chilson, Professor of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma
  • Pamela Cripps, Assistant Director Safety Management, FlightSafety International
  • David Shaw, Co-Founder and CEO, Astrapi Corporation
  • Isaac Reese, Co-owner, Sherpa Aerospace Technologies
  • Brian Meier, XWorks
  • Jake Carey, Helo Perspective
  • Johnie Johnson, President & CEO, Helo Perspective, LLC
  • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
    Researchers are developing super sensors and sending drones into hurricanes and frozen tundra to collect previous unavailable levels weather data. Increased predictability and warning times barely scratch the surface. Weather affects us all and in this session learn all about how drones are making weather a hot market.
  • Jamey Jacob, Director, Oklahoma State University
  • Speaker(s):
  • Mark Askelson Ph.D, Professor, University of North Dakota
  • Matthias Steiner, Senior Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
  • Steven Koch, Director of the, NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)
  • Phillip Chilson, Professor of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma
  • Drone hacker kits on the dark web, wi-fi based cyber snooping, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) hacks – these are just a few of the concerns that could turn tools of innovation and progress into tools of mayhem. Drones represent a unique challenge in that they have accessibility on land, sea, and air unlike any other technology to date and carry many hackable payloads. In this session, learn how leading experts are staying ahead in their respective markets and what really keeps them up at night.
  • Kraettli L. Epperson, CEO, Vigilant Aerospace Systems, Inc.
  • Speaker(s):
  • Sergio A Salinas Monroy, Assistant Professor, Wichita State University
  • Loyd Hook PhD, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Tulsa
  • Jerry Dawkins, Chief Information Security Officer and Founder, True Digital Security
  • Gavin W Manes PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Avansic
  • 12:15 PM - 01:30 PM
    Luncheon featuring AUVSI's Tom McMahon
    Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Broken Arrow, OK
    While you enjoy lunch don't miss this comprehensive industry update straight from the world's leading UAS advocacy organization.

    Tom McMahon, senior vice president of advocacy and government relations for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics, will talk about the most important industry issues from the FAA Reauthorization Bill, the unmanned traffic management system, and public education on the impact of the industry on our daily lives.

  • Tom McMahon, Vice President, Advocacy and Public Affairs, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
  • 01:45 PM - 02:45 PM
    NASA Innovations – Opportunities for the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Industry
    Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Broken Arrow, OK
    NASA’s portfolio of technologies have been benefiting industry on earth for years. Many technologies that have transformed the markets on earth can trace their origins to NASA technology. Recently, researchers at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, have developed two long-endurance Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) UAVs.

    These new concepts address two major roadblocks for commercial UAV applications, expensive ground support for launch and recovery and limitations on flight time and range. During this session you will hear of other technologies that are available to benefit the UAS industry.
  • Abraham Gutierrez, Strategic Marketing Manager, NASA
  • Speaker(s):
  • Amy Hiltabidel,, Licensing Manager, NASA
  • Earl Adams, New Technology Representative, NASA
  • Mauricio Rivas, Project Manager, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center
  • William C. Johnson, Chief Engineer, NASA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the National Airspace System (UAS-NAS) Project.
  • Joey Mercer, Research Engineer for Human-Machine Systems, NASA Ames Research Center
  • We are the UAS Champions: How to Advocate and Implement Policy to Build a UAS Ecosystem
    Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Broken Arrow, OK
    As stakeholders, we have a unique opportunity to shape policy and legislation to seize momentum around the disruptive UAS industry and capture untapped economic opportunities. Industry has been a driving force, pushing policymakers to implement legislation that keeps up with the pace of development. Learn how you can become a champion for the industry. This session will touch on policies that encourage UAS industry development and the ongoing strategy for integration.
  • Amy Walton, Director, Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives, OCAST
  • Speaker(s):
  • Shawn S Bullard, President, Duetto Group
  • J.R. Claeys, Kansas State Representative, District 69
  • Michael Toscano, Strategic Advisor
  • Adam Pugh, State Senator, State of Oklahoma
  • 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
    Show Me the Money
    Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Broken Arrow, OK
    In this advanced level session, investors speak candidly about UAS deals. What caught their eye, what they discovered in due diligence that gave them heartburn, and why they ultimately invested or passed. Come be a fly on the wall as our investors get into the weeds.
  • Jim Troxel, President, Cowboy Technology Angels
  • Speaker(s):
  • Brett Amerine, Investor, TONIC Ventures
  • Art Miller, Angel Investor, Cowboy Technology Angels
  • Tracy A. Poole, Angel Investor
  • UAS and Tribes
    Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Broken Arrow, OK
    Identified early by leadership for its widespread economic impact, UAS has found a place among the tribes. Tribes are increasingly becoming advocates for the industry, with assets that position them to be at the forefront. Whether it is droneports, regulations, air space integration, or manufacturing, come learn about how the tribes are getting it done.
  • Andy McMillan, Manager, Economic Development, Cherokee Nation Businesses, LLC
  • Speaker(s):
  • Raymond Red Corn, Assistant Principal Chief, Osage Nation
  • Michael Mitchell, President, Chickasaw Nation Industries, Inc.
  • John Coffey, Executive Director, Unmanned Systems, Cherokee Nation Technology Portfolio
  • 04:10 PM - 05:00 PM
    Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc and Oklahoma – A Love Story
    Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Broken Arrow, OK
    Oklahoma demonstrated why it continues to be a UAS hub when early in 2018 Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc, Unmanned Systems Division, a leading National Security Solutions provider, selected Oklahoma as a place to open a new office to accommodate the increased demand for drones. In this case study, learn how your city can attract attention from industry leaders and what makes them want to set up shop in your community.
  • Brien Thorstenberg, Senior Vice President, Tulsa Regional Chamber
  • Speaker(s):
  • Vince Howie, Director of Aerospace & Defense, Oklahoma Department of Commerce
  • Jeff Seymour, Executive Vice President, Economic Development, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
  • Craig J. Smith, District Director, Office of Oklahoma Congressman Steve Russell
  • Mark Thonnings PMP, BQM-167A Senior Program Manager, Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems, Inc.
  • 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
    Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Broken Arrow, OK
    After a full day of innovation, wind down with a drink and hors d'oeuvres. This is the best time to continue those conversations and get in some of the best networking. Not ready for the fun to end? Ask us where to grab a bite to eat!