The Top 10 Reasons to Attend Commercial UAV Expo 2021

BY Zacc Dukowitz
4 August 2021


Commercial UAV Expo 2021 is just one month away and we can’t wait.

The conference will be held in Las Vegas, NV from September 7-9 and will be one of the biggest commercial drone events in North America. If you’ve been hankering to get off your couch and back into the drone mix, Commercial UAV Expo could be the event for you.

The future of the drone industry will be on display at the 2021 live edition of Commercial UAV Expo. By convening the industry’s thought leaders to share their expertise and insight, we are offering anyone involved in the commercial drone market the opportunity to learn from the best.

– Lee Corkhill, Group Event Director of Diversified Communications, and organizer of Commercial UAV Expo Americas.

Wondering why you might want to attend the conference?

Here are our top 10 reasons to think about going to Commercial UAV Expo.

1. Practical, Actionable Drone Education

Most conferences are only as good as the information contained in their sessions, keynotes, and panels.

Commercial UAV Expo promises to have some of the best presentations out there, covering technology, regulations, and the future of UAV infrastructure.

Topics that will be covered at the conference include:

  • The state of UAS and what’s to come
  • Regulatory updates
  • Advanced air mobility (AAM)
  • Machine learning/AI
  • Expanded operations
  • Autonomy
  • Type certification
  • Visionary sessions and the future of UAVs

Quick plug from the author of this post:

If you’re interested in how drones are being used for internal inspections, I will be leading a panel on industrial use cases for indoor drones.

The panel will take place on Thursday, September 9 from 1:30-3:30 PM local time. Learn more here.

2. The Most Exhibitors of Any Commercial Drone Show

This is a pretty hefty claim to be able to make—Commercial UAV Expo has the most exhibitors of any commercial drone show out there.

This means that the exhibit hall will be a treasure trove of drone technology. From hardware to software to drone-related gadgets and gear, Commercial UAV Expo will have a bevy of drone-related stuff for you to peruse.

If you’re actively looking for drone solutions you can walk the exhibition hall and try to find exactly what you’re looking for. And if you’re a drone enthusiast who just wants to see the latest and greatest the drone industry has to offer, this is also the place for you.

Want to see who will be attending? Here’s a list of all the exhibitors that will be at Commercial UAV Expo.

3. Get the Pulse of the Drone Industry

Wondering when BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) will be available to your average drone pilot without a rigorous approval process? Or whether drone delivery is actually ready to scale? And what about Urban Air Mobility and taxi drones?

Attending Commercial UAV Expo will place you at the heart of the drone industry, allowing you to get answers to all your burning drone questions.

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4. Insights and Best Practices from the Field

If you have practical questions about specific topics like how to perform internal inspections with drones, or the best way to conduct accident reconstruction with drone data, Commercial UAV Expo is the place for you.

With over 100 top commercial drone ecosystem experts, many of the conference’s talks are focused on delivering hands-on information for various drone applications, so you can pick the topics most relevant to your interests and work.


These talks have been developed by UAS experts, and include deep dive sessions for professionals working in the following industries:

  • Construction
  • Drone delivery
  • Energy & utilities
  • Forestry & agriculture
  • Infrastructure & transportation
  • Mining & aggregates
  • Security
  • Surveying & mapping

Learn more about the speakers that will be at the conference.

5. Networking

If you’re looking for work, looking to hire someone, or just looking for professional connections in the drone industry, Commercial UAV Expo is a great place to do some networking.

In addition to all the exhibitors, people from top drone-related organizations and government agencies will be there, including: AASHTO, AECOM, Arizona Dept. of Public Safety, AT&T, Balfour Beatty Construction, California Department of Corrections, FAA, Facebook, Google, Federal Highway Administration, Fluor, Hensel Phelps, Kiewit, McKim & Creed, Michael Baker Intl, SAM, Skanska, Southern Company, Whiting Turner and numerous DOTs.

You can also take advantage of Commercial UAV Expo’s personalized matchmaking with vendors and other attendees by using its AI tool GRIP, powered by DroneUp.

Start here on the Commercial UAV Expo website to find out who you might be able to meet at the conference.

6. See What’s New and What’s Next

Like to be on the cutting edge of technology?

All the newest drone tech will be on full display at Commercial UAV Expo, so you can see the newest offerings in person before anyone else.

Not only that, but you’ll be able to see what’s coming next, including futuristic new payloads for specialized professional drones and drone taxis for Urban Air Mobility.

7. Partner Workshops

In addition to the regular talks and panels hosted by Commercial UAV Expo, the conference will feature several standalone training and educational sessions offered by leaders in the drone industry and adjacent industries.

Partner workshops include:

  • GeoCue GroupTrue View 3DIS: High Performance Drone LIDAR + Photogrammetry Mapping
  • ASPRS—Photogrammetric Survey with UAS: Project Planning and Flight Operations & Data Processing and Product Validation
  • ASPRS—Lidar Survey with UAS: Project Planning and Flight Operations & Data Processing and Product Validation
  • Sundance Media Group—Night sUAS CSI Demo and Night Flight Training

Learn more about partner workshops at Commercial UAV Expo.

8. Live Demos

Live outdoor demos at the conference will feature technology from eight leading drone companies.

Seeing drones and software in action before you invest in them can give you important insights about their capabilities—and that’s why Commercial UAV Expo Americas is doing these demos, so you can have the opportunity to see and compare systems in real-world scenarios.


So if you’re looking for new drone solutions for your company or organization, these demos could be a valuable way for you to get up close information on how these systems perform in the field.

During the demo, the eight participating drone companies will demonstrate:

  • Airframe capabilities
  • Sensor capabilities
  • Real-life drone use cases

A sophisticated AV setup will allow users to view resulting data sets and processing solutions for the full end-to-end view of the technology, and drone experts will be on-hand to narrate live scenarios and field questions from the audience.

9. DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Summit


DRONERESPONDERS has been taking the public safety drone world by storm over the last year.

At Commercial UAV Expo, the organization focused on providing resources for public safety drone applications will be hosting a two-day summit.

The summit is designed to educate and prepare first responder UAS program managers and remote pilots at every experience level for public safety UAS operations.

DRONERESPONDERS is bringing together an incredible group of professionals from around the Americas to explore successful strategies for building and managing public safety UAS programs. You’ll hear actual case studies and explore after-action reviews of how various departments have used unmanned systems to help save lives and protect property.


Here’s an overview of the summit’s schedule:

  • Wednesday, September 8Public Safety UAS Program Development and Management
  • Thursday, September 9Public Safety UAS Tactics and Operations

Learn more about the summit.

10. Vegas, Baby

In addition to all the in-depth drone learning and networking you can do at Commercial UAV Expo, the conference is being held in one of the liveliest cities in the world.

And keep in mind that Las Vegas isn’t just fun for gamblers.

The city has live shows like Cirque du Soleil, music from some of the top musicians in the world, comedy acts from famous comedians, and some of the best food you can find anywhere.

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