TRB Webinar: Unmanned Aerial Systems at Airports

November 05, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM U.S. Eastern
Cost (for your seat)
Professional Development Hours for this webinar
0.0 hour(s)
Continuing Education Hours for this webinar
AAE: 1.5 hour(s)
AICP: 0.0 hour(s)
CLE: 1.3 hour(s)

TRB will conduct a webinar on Monday, November 5, 2018, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET that features research from the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP)’s Legal Research Digest 32: Evolving Law on Airport Implications by Unmanned Aerial Systems and ACRP Project 03-42 Topic A: Managing Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the Vicinity of Airports.

Airports are using unmanned aerial systems (UAS), also known as drones, in more varied and potentially revenue-generating ways, including foreign object debris detection, cargo delivery, terminal and perimeter inspection, and wildlife management. However, airport sponsors and their legal counsel are unclear about competing local, state, and federal regulations governing UAS operations. This webinar will present specific UAS safety, security, and privacy concerns within the context of the Small Unmanned Aircraft Regulations (14 C.F.R. Part 107). The presenters will discuss the existing practices currently available while lawmakers create the regulations that oversee the advances in unmanned aviation.  The presenters will also provide an overview of the ACRP research underway to address the challenges and opportunities presented by UAS as they integrate into the national airspace.

This webinar is sponsored by the Airport Cooperative Research Program. There is no fee to attend this webinar; however, sign into to view registration information.

Webinar Presenters

  • Timothy Ravich, Ravich Law Firm, PLLC
  • Chrishanth Fernando, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Uven Chong, Booz Allen Hamilton

Moderated by:  Heather Hasper, DHJ Alaska

Webinar Outline ‚Äč

  1. ACRP Legal Research Digest 32
    • Operational and economic opportunities and threats presented by UAS
    • Small Unmanned Aircraft Regulations (14 C.F.R. Pt. 107)
    • Existing practices
    • Overview of legal and policy guidance resources
  2. ACRP Project 03-42
    • Overview of the primary research areas
    • Applications of UAS by airport operators, including the use cases, lessons learned, and required planning and coordination
  3. Question and answer session

The first 60 minutes of the webinar will be for presentations and the final 30 minutes will be reserved for audience questions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, participants will able to:

  • Understand the operational and economic opportunities and threats UAS present to the airport ecosystem, including what laws currently exist to allow or disallow particular types of drone flight
  • Understand the Small Unmanned Aircraft Regulations (14 C.F.R. Pt. 107) and how federal and state law currently interact
  • Discuss the existing practices that airports have implemented
  • Describe the current research ACRP has implemented to understand how airports can manage UAS operations at or near their airports

 Continuing Education Units for Accredited Airport Executives

The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) is making 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available for A.A.E. If you are an A.A.E. and would like to apply for CEUs for this webinar, visit For questions about A.A.E. continuing education units, please contact

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits 

TRB is offering 1.25 CLE credits for this webinar. TRB did not seek approval for the above listed workshop from the state board, so we advise that you contact your state board prior to registering for the webinar to see if credits would be accepted. Registered webinar attendees who sign in and view the entire webinar will receive a link to a certificate that they can fill out and provide to their board. Complete a certificate for each state in which you are required to file. Rules for CLE in some states require the provider to file attendance with the regulator as a service to lawyers. Please confirm jurisdictional reporting requirements with the state regulator. This certificate should be filed with the appropriate MCLE Board(s) or Commission(s) within 30 days of activity. Introductory remarks, keynote addresses, business meetings, breaks, receptions, etc., are not included in the computation of credit. TRB will retain a copy of your attendance; however, TRB is not required to submit attendance to the board.

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