2021 FAA drone conference to be held virtually again (and people are still outraged by the price)

2021 FAA drone conference to be held virtually again (and people are still outraged by the price)

Most drone conferences in 2020 have been cancelled or postponed. But whereas most drone conferences are coming back in person for 2021, one of the related is remaining digital — whereas nonetheless charging $375 to attend. The 2021 FAA drone convention — formally dubbed the sixth Annual FAA UAS Symposium will run online-only this 12 months between June 9-10 and once more from Sept. 14-15.

The value to attend all 4 days as an trade attendee is $375. That’s the identical charge that the convention charged in 2020 — and people were outraged by it.

Yet once more in 2021, the Federal Aviation Administration’s annual UAS symposium is moving forward as a virtual drone conference unfold into two components over two separate units of days for a complete of 4 days value of webinars.

Part 1 of the sixth Annual FAA UAS Symposium, known as Episode III (to comply with Episodes 1 and a couple of of the fifth annual symposium that was in 2020), will run from June 9-10, 2021. Part II, known as Episode IV , will probably be held Sept. 14-15, 2021. The annual occasion is run in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).

The complete value to attend all 4 days for the 2020 convention was additionally $375 — and lots of drone trade contributors have been fairly upset about being charged that a lot to observe on-line movies. Given the truth that digital conferences don’t must hire out ballrooms, rent workers members to run registration boots and supply espresso, many felt the value as steep. Throw in the truth that COVID-19 hurt a lot of businesses — particularly small enterprise homeowners — and that’s a giant value to swallow.

If you attend below sure standards (reminiscent of being a pupil) otherwise you attend for fewer days, you might avoid wasting cash. Here’s the total value breakdown for the sixth Annual FAA UAS Symposium:

Pass kind Cost
Both Episodes — Industry $375
Both Episodes — Government + Military + Public Safety + Student $299
Per Episode — Industry $249
Per Episode — Government + Military + Public Safety + Student $175
Per Episode — One Day $150

That mentioned, the digital convention continues to be less expensive than what it will have value in-person. The value of a full cross for the 2019 FAA UAS Symposium was a steep $769 — about double the value of the in-person one.

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“Registration charges are essential to provide a high-quality occasion and replicate the sources required to assist the creation and administration of this digital expertise,” in response to a publish on the FAA’s symposium web site. “The symposium options 4 days of programming through an interactive digital platform to teach and inform stakeholders all through the UAS trade concerning the guidelines, laws, and finest practices for working safely and securely within the airspace.”

Included in the price of the digital convention is extra than simply tuning into movies. The FAA says you’ll get entry to virtually-staffed useful resource facilities, digital product displays, and one-to-one chatrooms for scheduled and natural networking with different attendees.

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That mentioned — right here’s a pro-tip if you wish to tune in to the 2021 FAA drone convention with out paying $375. Just be affected person. The 2020 version has since been posted online to YouTube — and it’s free to observe. We anticipate the 2021 will probably be finally made public too.

And whereas the 2021 FAA drone convention will probably be digital, there are different, non-FAA ones being held, IRL. If you’d relatively attend an in-person drone convention, try our information to 2021 drone conferences.