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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.


  • UAV Industry Personnel

  • FAA Officials

  • Cartographers

  • GIS Users and Managers

  • Mapping contracting agencies

  • UAV Enthusiasts

Detect and Avoid (DAA) / Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM)

  • 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.

  • 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.



09:00 AM - 09:15 AM

Moderator's Welcome Remarks

Moderator: Juan B. Plaza
Principal,  Juan B. Plaza Consulting Corp


An overview of Challenges to UAV/UAM Deployment: DAA/UTM issues and welcome to presenters and attendees. 

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09:15 AM - 09:45 AM

History and Relevance of Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) for UAV/UAM Deployment

Presenter:  Chris Kucera
Co-Founder and Head of Strategic Partnerships, OneSky

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As new vehicles and airspace operations continue to emerge,  Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) addresses specific needs of the UAV/UAM industry to enable flight safety. It’s not one single system, but a system of systems that work harmoniously with each other to integrate drones safely and efficiently into the national airspace system. UTM isn’t entirely different from ATM where systems provide Communications, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) services to ensure airspace compliance and safety. However, ATM was originally developed for manned aircraft, flying higher and taking off from airports; not UAVs flying at lower altitudes, in and out of vertiports, or even your front yard. Unmanned aircraft challenge us to think differently about how to provide scalable services and incorporate aircraft in a cooperative way, using flight tracking data directly from the operator, not requiring the air traffic management system to develop a network of uncooperative sensors. This session will talk about the different functions UTM can provide for both small UAVs below 400 feet and larger UAM aircraft operating in a more integrated fashion in controlled airspace.

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09:45 AM - 10:35 AM

Safe Autonomy with Detect-and-Avoid (DAA)

Presenter: Jon Damush
CEO, Iris Automation


The commercial potential for drones and autonomous air mobility is enormous, but limited today by the need for systems to guarantee   safe integration with existing air traffic. Unlocking the benefits of advanced drone operations like   BVLOS requires the drone to fly safely with minimal human intervention and over long distances. Ensuring the drone has the capability to detect threats in the airspace and be able to avoid them autonomously has long been a   challenge in the industry. However, through advancements in technology we are   now seeing those commercial drone missions become a reality. In this session, we'll discuss the obstacles in deploying practical Detect-and-Avoid (DAA), regulatory considerations, and how DAA technology fits in the ecosystem of drone solutions.

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10:35 AM - 11:00 AM

Presenter Roundtable and Closing Remarks

All panelists

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A wrap up and round table discussion with all panelists

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11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Iris Automation Networking

All panelists and attendees


Meet via proximity-audio-based networking with the Iris Automation team.

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Juan B. Plaza

Program Moderator

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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. 




Jon Damush


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Jon brings over 30 years of extensive aviation technology experience and executive leadership, building upon his technical background in engineering, software development and systems integration. Most recently he led new business ventures at Boeing NeXT. Before that he was Chief Growth Officer at Insitu, Inc., a Boeing subsidiary, developing novel aircraft and UAS innovation including detect-and-avoid. He was also a Boeing executive liaison and board observer to SkyGrid, LLC, a joint venture between Boeing and SparkCognition.



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Chris Kucera

Co-Founder/Head of Strategic Partnerships

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Chris Kucera has more than 20 years of experience in the aerospace industry and 16 years history working with Analytical Graphics, Inc., an aerospace software company. He has had various roles at the company from systems engineer to account executive with focus on scheduling and communications systems. In 2014, Chris co-founded OneSky as a subsidiary of Analytical Graphics, Inc. to focus on UTM solutions. Chris manages business relationships for OneSky and is responsible for customer outreach and industry engagement. He is a ACJA Board Member and also works with various organizations, such as GUTMA, ASTM, ICAO, AUVSI, the Small UAV Coalition and more, to understand the state-of-the-art in drone technology and keep up to date on regulatory progress. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech. He is also a commercially rated multi-engine aircraft pilot.

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