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Discover the Possibilities.....
...and the Potential Risks

Discover the new frontier about drones for the environmental and engineering industry. More appropriately called small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), drones are becoming a commercial enterprise for geophysical, geoscientific and engineering companies.

Drone Technology

Drone design is virtually limitless. The wide variability of type and size allows for a wide spectrum of applications. Learn about the drone design and different manufacturers and service providers. And more importantly, discover the pros and cons for geoscientific and engineering applications.

If you are considering using drones for your business,
you do not want to miss this webinar series.

Drone Applications

Drones are being used for geological and topographic mapping, coastal inspection, hillslope assessment, disaster damage assessment, water resource mapping, extracted resource and construction asset management, infrastructure corridor surveys, vertical structure inspections, and precision agriculture.

Geophysical applications are growing quickly too. Drones equipped with magnetic, electromagnetic, infrared, ground penetrating radar, and natural gamma ray sensors have several advantages over conventional airborne geophysics including higher resolution and improved location accuracy at a reduced risk to field personnel and, in many cases, at much lower cost.

Drone Regulations

Hobbyists are not regulated in the same way as businesses. Businesses are regulated according to Federal Aviation Administration rules. The legal elements for using drones in a business vary depending on a spectrum of factors. Liability Insurance and risk management is a critical component for businesses.

Despite the excitement about this new frontier with big potential,
it also includes unique regulatory restrictions and liabilities
for businesses.

Commercial drone business is poised to soar. If you are considering incorporating drones into your business or hiring a drone operator for a project, there are virtually limitless choices. This webinar series provides list of resources about drone access and service providers.

Register now and launch your knowledge about the possibilities.


Significant steps are being taken to allow for the commercial use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at low altitude. But to truly integrate drones into the National Airspace System and unlock the full potential of the technology, specifically as it relates to UAS operating autonomously, beyond visual range, at any altitude, a number of technological and legal challenges must be overcome.

This webinar will discuss the current regulatory status of commercial use of drones, the proposed rules governing small UAS operations, and some of the most persistent challenges to expanded use.

Key Webinar Elements:
  • Current and prospective uses of commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)
  • Current regulatory status
  • Proposed rules governing small UAS
  • UAS registration requirements, and resources to help
  • Challenges for expanded use and future trends

Instructors Bio

Tom Gemmell, JD, Partner and Co-Lead, Husch Blackwell, LLP UAS Team

Tom is an accomplished attorney and member of Husch Blackwell's Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team, and co-lead of the firm's Unmanned Aircraft Systems team. He has a unique background and personal connection specifically within the aviation sector. He grew up in Detroit, and before practicing law, Tom was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force with more than 2,000 hours in the F-15 "Eagle" air superiority fighter, including as Mission Commander during the Persian Gulf War. His hands-on experience in aerospace and aviation matters works to the advantage of his industry clients.

Tom is recognized for his legal expertise and experience in aerospace and weapon systems technologies, automotive systems and medical devices. He has tried jury and bench cases in federal and state courts across the United States.

Fee: 249.00 USD Per Webinar

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Number of Participants: Unlimited from a single computer (Broadcast webinar in your conference room or auditorium for no extra charge)

Continuing Education Certificates: Unlimited. $14.95 each. Official CEU certificates are available as an option and only available at the time of webinar participation from Northern Illinois University. Ordering steps are given at time of webinar order.

Access: On-demand, anytime 24/7.
Access Duration: 24 hours.

Discounts: Buy 3 on-demand webinars, and get 3 on-demand webinars for free!

Duration: 60 minutes
PDH Earned: 1.0 hours
Instructor(s): Tom Gemmell

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