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Commercial UAV Expo Americas 2021

By Eric Van Rees - 15th July 2021 - 05:53

Commercial UAV Expo Americas returns to being a live event in 2021!

North America’s leading trade show and conference focused on the integration and operation of commercial UAS is set to define how this technology has and will continue to make sense in the enterprise. With more exhibitors than any other commercial drone event, the show will cover how the technology is being utilized in various sectors that include: Construction; Energy & Utilities; Forestry & Agriculture; Infrastructure & Transportation; Mining & Aggregates; Public Safety & Emergency Services; Security; Drone Delivery and Surveying & Mapping. The conference program addresses such topics as the regulatory landscape, BVLOS operations, Remote ID, safe integration of UAS into the airspace, and disruptive UAS technologies. The event draws qualified vertical industry end-users, leaders guiding the safe integration of UAS into the airspace, solutions pioneers and more, making for unparalleled networking. Exhibits showcase best-in-class UAS from the world’s top solutions providers, ensuring an efficient way of qualifying and comparing solutions. Commercial UAV Expo Americas is presented by Commercial UAV News and organized by Diversified Communications, a global event producer that also organizes Commercial UAV Expo Europe (Amsterdam), GeoBusiness Show (London), and Geo Week which is comprised of International Lidar Mapping Forum, SPAR 3D Expo & Conference and AEC Next Expo & Conference.


Exhibitor List

Conference Program

Speaker List



Drone Delivery

Special onsite events:

Outdoor Flying Demos

Workshops and Training

Exhibit Hall Theater Programming

• Commaris sponsored Welcome Reception, Tuesday, Sep 7

• Post Keynote Press Event for Walmart/DroneUp (location/details TBD)
o DroneUp Contact: Amy T. Wiegand, Marketing & Communications Director
O 757.657.4886 | M 757.286.3533
E [email protected]

• “Pitch the Press” Event in the Exhibit Hall Theater, Wednesday, Sept 8, 3-4PM

+ Wednesday Networking Reception (timing TBD)

Story Angles

1. How has COVID-19 changed operators and organizations?
COVID-19 has and continues to change our entire world but what have these changes looked like for organizations that had drone programs up and running before March of 2020? Were end users that had been merely considering adoption able to get a program up and running in the midst of a pandemic? Are the efficiencies that were created on account of social distancing and remote work going to be retained or discarded? End users will explain their answers to these questions as part of the conference program, while the solutions that provided and continue to support these answers will be showcased as part of the exhibit floor.

2. Where are things right now and where are they going with drone regulation?
FAA regulation has always been top of mind for commercial drone operators but what’s different in 2021 is how regulatory updates related to Remote ID, BVLOS operations and flights over people are factoring into their decisions. Enabling the safe integration of drones into the airspace is top of mind for regulators, but what will it mean to do so while keeping the same levels of safety and reliability? FAA Administrator Steve Dickinson will provide this insight to define the path forward for the FAA and the drone industry as a whole in 2021 and beyond.

3. What does it mean to balance security with mission delivery?
The efficiencies that drones represent have fueled adoption in numerous industries, but such efficiencies cannot come at the cost of security. How are solution providers addressing such concerns? What are the best options for end users when it comes to determining their security needs without unnecessarily impacting mission delivery? This balance is a key consideration for stakeholders across the industry and in every sector where the technology is being utilized.

4. How have certain conversations regarding UAM, diversity, autonomy and more evolved?
Autonomy and UAM have been discussed at the Commercial UAV Expo for many years, while a Women in Drones panel has always been a staple of the conference program. In 2021, discussions about how UAM is becoming AAM and why Women in Drone participants are now more focused on meeting workforce demand highlight how these topics are changing. A few years ago, autonomy was discussed from the technology perspective of “can we do this?” but that question is now “should we do this?” Those shifts are indicative of the many ways topics across the space are constantly evolving.

5. A brand new perspective of the technology thanks to Outdoor Flying Demos, Exhibit Hall Theater presentations and “Pitch the Press” initiative
While the drone cage was a staple of the Commercial UAV Expo exhibit floor for many years, attendees expressed a desire to go beyond that cage and see how these solutions actually operate in real-world environments. That desire led to the creation of the Outdoor Flying Demos to give people an end-to-end view of the technology. The Exhibit Hall Theater hosts easy-to-access presentations that highlight the latest technologies available while the Pitch the Press event will determine the top three most innovative solutions at the Expo. Press attendees are invited to attend and participate in each to get a whole different perspective around the technology and industry.

6. Is the drone industry here to stay?
When COVID-19 first shut the world down, there was a lot of talk about whether or not this industry was even going to survive. The hype associated with drone technology has often created unrealistic expectations, so would this end up proving that certain visions for the future of the sky were overblown? Quite the opposite has happened with major investments in the technology and brand use cases that are redefining the value of drone technology when it comes to performing a given task in a faster, cheaper or safer way. These details will shape the future of the industry and the airspace over the next several years.

Press Registration

Commercial UAV Expo is pleased to offer complimentary registration for members of the media. Registrations are for editorial staff, publishers and analysts only and are not available for sales contacts. Press credentials will be required in advance or upon badge pick-up. Acceptable credentials include press badge, business card with editorial title, masthead, article with byline.

To register as press, visit this website.

Note: ALL press registrations go through a vetting process, please allow up to 2 days for confirmation. We appreciate your patience.
Inquiries and Assistance
• General Press Support: Carl Berndtson, Director Global Partnerships, c[email protected] or [email protected] or 978-590-9164 mobile
• Executive Overview: Lee Corkhill, Group Director, [email protected]
• Drone Industry Trends and Insights: Jeremiah Karpowicz, Editor, Commercial UAV News, [email protected]

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