Drone Track

Women in Aviation conference attendees and the public are invited to attend a special drone track day including education sessions, panel discussions, and product displays. Attend the entire #WAI18 conference, or attend for the day.

View Drone event card here

Education Sessions

Working Remotely: What You Need to Know About Drones

Presented by: Jillian Switzer

Friday, March 23  1:45-2:45 p.m.

Drones are a big business with a global market value of $127 billion. But “working remotely” means ratings, regulations, & safe NAS integration. AirMap’s Jillian Switzer guides you through the basics.


Look! No hands! Understanding Unmanned

Presented by: Bettina Mrusek, PhD and Kristy Kiernan, PhD

Friday, March 23  4:15-5:15 p.m.

Reno-Sparks Convention Center

The rapid expansion of unmanned systems in aviation can be bewildering, but once you know a bit about the industry, you can see that it’s not just unmanned, it’s unlimited.  This education session is designed to provide an industry overview for the novice, helping people from all parts of the aviation business find a place in the world of unmanned.  Topics covered include an overview of mission types, introduction to common platforms, description of possible careers, explanation of certifications, and discussion of educational opportunities in the unmanned world. 


Tap Into The Drone Market 

Friday, March 23 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Reno-Sparks Convention Center

(Open to conference attendees and general public)

Are you a certified remote drone pilot looking to network with other female drone pilots? Or are you considering entering the fast-growing industry of unmanned aviation? This session, led by industry experts, is designed to answer those questions and many more from safe and responsible operations, rating requirements, best business practices, and how to recruit and train top talent in this exploding segment of the industry.

Presenters include:

Sharon Rossmark, Women and Drones Founder

Where are the career opportunities for women operating drones/UAV? Learn about the Women and Drones organization, and network with other female drone pilots that are exploring a wide variety of business options to meet a growing industry demand for unmanned flight.

Jillian Switzer, AirMap

Learn how to use safe and best practices when operating a drone; and get tips on navigating new FAA and related industry regulations.

 Ashley Schappert, MzeroA.com and RemotePilot101

Are you a new, current or rusty fixed or rotary pilot and thinking about training options for your Remote Pilot license? Hear how Remote Pilot 101.com can get you started.

David MacDonald, Flamingo Air President

Sharon McGee, Flamingo Air Academy President, has added a drone maintenance program to this Cincinnati, Ohio company. Understand what's required to maintain and operate your drones/UAVs in this rapidly changing segment of the industry


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