A few weeks after National Drone Safety Awareness Week (Sept. 13–19), the School of Communications is collaborating with various community partners to host Elon Drone Day 2021 on Monday, Nov. 8.

The daylong event’s objective is to help promote safe practices when flying drones. Elon Drone Day will bring together FAA safety officials, NC Department of Transportation aviation leaders, drone delivery specialists, video storytellers, and others to share their knowledge and expertise. There will be displays and activities for participants upon arrival, with a drone demo in the afternoon.

Below is the planned schedule, with presenters and planned topics. Elon Drone Day 2021 is open to anyone interested in drones, from recreational to commercial pilots. Each presentation will allow participants to ask officials and specialists questions about drone use and where the industry is heading. Most importantly, the theme is safety and what individuals need to know before they fly.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required – see below. The Nov. 8 event will be held in Turner Theatre and Dwight C. Schar Hall, located in Elon’s School of Communications.

Questions? Contact Senior Lecturer Randy Piland at rpiland@elon.edu or (336) 278-5232.


Drone Day registration

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7:45 – 8:15 AM 
Check-In, Coffee & Pastries, Displays, Meet & Greet

8:20 – 9:30 AM
TOPICS: Remote ID, Night Operations & Flight Over People

Dan Kelly, FAASTeam Program Manager, Operations / FAA
Tim Haley, FAASTeam Program Manager, Maintenance / FAA
Tim Camelin, Aviation Safety Tech UAS / FAA

9:40 – 10:40 AM
TOPICS: The TRUST Program & the need for a Part 107 certification

TC Freeman, Aviation Safety Specialist / NCDOT
Randy Piland, Senior Lecturer / Elon University

10:50 AM – 12 PM
PANEL: What is autonomous? Is drone delivery real? What roles can education play in finding talent in the various UAV industries? How do drones assist the public safety sector? What legal concerns should we all be aware of when flying?

Paul Rossi, COO & Chief Pilot / 910 Drones
Yancy King, Director / Alamance County Emergency Management
Josh Warshofsky, Visual Storyteller / Vertograph
Tom Walls, UAS Operations Manager, Aviation / NCDOT
Bruce Brandon, Aviation Attorney, Retired Airline Captain / Aviation Barristers

12 – 1:05 PM
Lunch is on your own, but coupons from local eateries are in the registration packets.

1:15 – 2:15 PM
Flight Demos: Drone Delivery, Autonomous
Part 107 Pilots