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In the next few years the FAA, together with almost every other regulator in the world, will allow unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and urban air mobility (UAMs) aircraft to share the national airspace (NAS) with traditional manned aviation.

Even though most of the technology that we need to make this a reality is already here and tested in controlled environments, maintaining the current level of safety of commercial aviation is paramount and efforts will have to be taken to ensure that these non-traditional aircrafts can perform their function without affecting or overburdening the system.

In this webinar we will address the most pressing issues preventing a massive deployment of UAV's in controlled airspace.


  • We need to resolve the issue of air traffic control (ATC) for unmanned vehicles by implementing an unmanned traffic management (UTM) system that would handle all these non-traditional aircraft without overloading the present system for manned aviation.

  • Flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) need to be legal for unmanned vehicles. Under current Part 107, only flights within visual range of the pilot are allowed. There are waivers and exceptions, but for a massive deployment, we need a revised legislation that would allow these flights without special permission.​​

    • Detect and Avoid (DAA) systems. In order to help the FAA make BVLOS a reality, drones and UAMs will have to have technology that replaces some of the functions of the pilot.

    • Parachute recovery systems. Equipping every drone (and perhaps UAM) with this feature will be costly but will go a long way to help the FAA advance the cause of BVLOS.


  • UAV Industry Personnel

  • FAA Officials

  • Cartographers

  • GIS Users and Managers

  • Mapping contracting agencies

  • UAV Enthusiasts

  • Ground infrastructure: Specifically for UAMs, we will need a brand new set of ground infrastructure (vertiports) to handle air taxis. It will be impossible to construct hundreds of new airports, so these new and innovative areas will handle only electric vertical take off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles and will be strategically located in urban areas to handle the load outside of the traditional existing FAA infrastructure.

  • Public perception & privacy concerns. Today we have tens of flights daily over our houses at different altitudes. Some are small Cessnas flying low, some are huge airliners flying high, some are helicopters, etc., etc. One hundred years ago, that prospect would have been unacceptable to a population emerging from the era of the horse & buggy. Today we are facing a similar dilemma with a population that would like to receive Amazon deliveries in minutes but are hesitant to accept drones flying overhead by the hundreds. Is there a compromise? We need to talk about it.


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Juan B. Plaza

Program Moderator

Juan B. Plaza holds a degree in Geodesy with a master in Digital Photogrammetry from Universidad Central de Venezuela and an MBA in International Finance from Florida International University. Juan is also a pilot, IFR certified with over 600 hours of flying time. 


Juan B. Plaza Consulting Corp. (JBPC) is a firm dedicated to helping individuals and organizations accelerate their deployment time for projects in the areas of General Aviation, Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones), Aerial Photogrammetry, Mapping/Cartography, Enterprise GIS, Fleet Management and Precision GNSS. 

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Mariya Tarabanovska

Co - Founder, Flight Crowd

Mariya Tarabanovska is the Co-Founder of Flight Crowd, a global platform supporting the public perception of Urban Air Mobility (UAM), as well as an aerospace engineer. As a UAM consultant, Mariya focuses on bridging the gap between the industry and the public it wishes to serve through outreach, education, and informative content, as well as bringing key members within the space together. Her work is critical for the UAM industry to build demand and acceptance of future flight and plays an important role in paving the way for the enterprise to scale. Mariya believes that 21st century aerospace professionals should aim to shape an accessible, sustainable and safe future of mobility and transportation, and is very excited about the potential benefits that UAM and other future flight technologies will bring to the world.