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New England Drone (UAS/UAV) Conference

New in 2018!

Rapid technology developments in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV/UAS) has led to drones being used for their capability to capture data in a way like never before. Don't be left behind as the use of UAVs can lead to a tremendous impact across industries.  We are now in the drone era!

At the New England Drone Conference, you'll hear from UAV/UAS experts and trailblazers who will discuss hot button topics in drone use such as rules, regulations, laws, privacy, and security.  There will also be industry specific case studies relating to drone use in natural resources, photography, mapping, surveying, and more!

Confirmed conference speakers include:

  • Christopher Huebner | Director of Safety & Regulations | The Albers Group
  • Hillary Farber | Professor of Law | University of Massachusetts School of Law, Dartmouth
  • David Price | Vice President | Association of Professional Drone Pilots
  • Carol Niewola | Senior Aviation Planner | New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Bureau of Aeronautics
  • Jon Budreski | Co-Founder | AirShark
  • Mark Donovan | Founder | Falcon Imagery
  • Rita Castonguay Hunt | UAS Pilot and Project Manager | ArgenTech Solutions, Inc.

More speakers to be announced soon!

Conference enrollment fee includes admission to the conference, relevant conference materials, on-site parking, breakfast, and lunch.

Register by May 11 and Save - Cost is $299 if registered by May 11, $349 after May 11

What You Will Learn


New England Drone (UAS/UAV) Conference

2018 New England Drone Conference Agenda

Registration & Breakfast

Welcome to the 2018 New England Drone Conference

9:15am-10:15am | General Session
The UAS Regulatory Landscape
Christopher Huebner, Director of Safety & Regulations, The Albers Group
A current look at the ever-changing regulations on drones.

10:25am-10:55am | General Session
New Hampshire Legislation Updates: Laws, Rules & Regulations
Carol Niewola, Senior Aviation Planner, New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Bureau of Aeronautics
The latest updates on state legislation as it relates to aviation and the ramifications for UAS operators.

11:05am-12:00pm | General Session
Critical Issues in Drone Law & Privacy
Hillary Farber, Professor of Law, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
An examination of the intersection of drone operation and privacy laws.


1:00pm-1:45pm | Break-Out Session - You Choose!
A Drone Roadmap: Integration of UAS Technology into the National Estuarine Research Reserve System
Sue Bickford, Stewardship Coordinator, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
Learn more about UAS usage in the field and how it has supported multiple Natural Reserve Research projects.

Exploring Drone Usage in Disaster Management & Emergency Response Scenarios
Rita Castonguay Hunt, UAS Pilot and Project Manager, ArgenTech Solutions, Inc.
Become familiar with the regulations, benefits, and difficulties of operating a UAS in pre and post disaster management scenarios.

1:55pm-2:40pm | Break-Out Session - You Choose!
Commercial Applications of UAS (i.e. UAS Services) Focusing on the Inspection and Mapping of Critical Infrastructure
Jon Budreski, Co-Founder, AirShark
Dive deep into  information on UAS, software, sensors (including LiDAR), data capture, processed deliverables and gain insight into key applications/examples.

Advancements in UAS/UAV Photography Creating New Business Opportunities for Drone Pilots
Mark Donovan, Founder, Falcon Imagery
Learn how today's latest drones with Onboard high-end cameras are capturing stunning aerial photographs and videos for new end-market business applications.

2:55pm-4:00pm | General Session
The Future for Drones
David Price, Vice President, Association for Drone Pilots

Travel & Site Information


New England Drone (UAS/UAV) Conference

The 2018 UNH Digital Marketing Conference will take place in the Piscataqua Room in Holloway Commons (75 Main Street, Durham, NH) on the University of New Hampshire.

Free parking will be available for all conference attendees in the UNH Campus Crossings Visitor Lot.  Those registered will recieve additional information on the location and parking by email one week prior to the conference.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the conference and is included in the cost of enrollment.

Instructor Bios


New England Drone (UAS/UAV) Conference

  • Jon Budreski

    Jon Budreski

    Jon Budreski is a UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) standards subject matter expert as well as a licensed pilot.  Mr. Budreski is the Co-Founder of AirShark, which has recently been acquired by American Rail Engineers Corp (ARE).  AirShark focuses on providing aerial data collection and processing services in support of engineering firms and government entities.

    After spending 7 years in the energy industry, Jon recognized emerging opportunities with robotics, software and sensors that could assist day-to-day energy suppliers in designing and inspecting solar arrays. The advent of small UAS allowed Jon and his partners to combine their skills, interest and experience in aviation, technology and energy and create a new business from the ground up. The AirShark team currently focuses on industrial inspection and associated mapping via UAS across the United States. Originally flying under an exemption to Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, and now operating under the small UAS rule (part 107).  A graduate of Colorado State University, Jon recently taught the first UAS course at Vermont Tech for its aviation department.

  • Rita Castonguay Hunt

    Rita Castonguay Hunt

    Rita Castonguay Hunt is a Pilot and Project Manager for ArgenTech Solutions and specializes in both manned and unmanned aviation operations, standardization, procedures, training, and safety.

    Prior to joining ArgenTech in 2017, Rita was the aviation planner, pilot and FAA-certified airport safety inspector for the state of New Hampshire.  Where she was responsible for the safety inspections of the state’s 23 public-use airports, responded to aviation related accidents as a subject matter expert on behalf of the State Police; and acted as state liaison to both the FAA and NTSB. 

    Rita is currently an instructor for FEMA teaching the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in Disaster Management course.  She was selected to join the USDOT Remote Sensing Adoption Working Group; is an advisor for a federal research project with the University of Vermont Spatial Orientation Lab involving the capabilities of UAS in transportation related projects and is considered an expert in UAS regulations.  

    Rita graduated from Daniel Webster College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Flight Operations and a Master's in Business Administration.  She is a certificated commercial pilot and flight instructor, as well as, certificated Part 107 remote pilot. 

  • Mark Donovan

    Mark Donovan

    Mark Donovan is the President of Falcon Imagery, a New Hampshire based sUAS service provider offering professional aerial drone cinematography and photography services for real estate, film making, special events, journalism and agricultural applications. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. He is also a licensed private pilot (Instrument Flight Rules rated) and a Part 107 certified small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) remote pilot.  Mark currently works as a Senior Product Marketing Manager for ams AG, an Austrian based sensor company, and has marketing responsibility for ams’ magnetic position sensor ICs, sensors that are used in many applications, including drones. His engineering and marketing career has spanned over 30 years in all areas of electrical design and technical marketing for computer, telecom, and sensor based products. He also holds 8 patents in the areas of magnetic sensor technology, telecom, and radar signal processing.

  • Hilary Farber

    Hilary Farber

    Professor Hillary B. Farber is a law professor at the University of Massachusetts School of Law, Dartmouth, MA.  Professor Farber’s focus is on the public and private use of unmanned aerial systems and the constitutional, legislative, and regulatory constraints that currently apply to this emerging technology. She speaks and consults nationally and internationally on the domestic use of unmanned aircraft systems. Her articles include:  Eyes in the Sky: Constitutional and Regulatory Approaches to Domestic Drone Deployment, 61 Syr. L. Rev. 1 (2014); Eyes in the Sky and Privacy Concerns on the Ground, 11 The SciTech Lawyer 6-9 (2015); Keep Out: The Efficacy of Trespass, Nuisance and Privacy Torts as Applied to Drones, 33 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 359 (2017), Protecting Homeowners’ Privacy Rights in The Age of Drones: The Role of Community Associations, 44 Fordham Urb. L. J. (2017).  She is also a contributing author to the ABA’s publication Unmanned Aircraft in the National Airspace: Critical Issues, Technology, and the Law (D. Dulo, ed. 2015). 

  • Chris Huebner

    Chris Huebner

    Chris Huebner has over two decades of diverse aviation experience including various roles in military aviation, general aviation, government regulation, and higher education.  Originally trained as a Naval Aviator, Chris currently works as the Director of Safety & Regulations for The Albers Group.  Previously, he worked for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an Aviation Safety Inspector (ASI) where he was instrumental in forming the part 107 waiver application along with the associated means of compliance.  Chris is also an Assistant Adjunct Professor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and has authored multiple articles that appeared in FAA and Navy publications. 

  • Carol Niewola

    Carol Niewola

    Carol Niewola is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering and has worked in the aviation transportation industry since 1989.  Her career has included time as an airport engineer, airport planner, and project manager for a number of New England airport consulting firms, as the airport manager for the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport in Auburn, Maine, and as the senior aviation planner for NHDOT/Bureau of Aeronautics for the last 12 years.  In her role with the State of New Hampshire, she manages the FAA’s Airport Block Grant Program providing project and grant oversight to NH’s eligible airports.  Her other duties at the State include programming airport capital improvements, safety inspections at new and existing airports, capital project oversight for NH’s aircraft rescue and firefighting training facility, and unmanned aircraft systems oversight and education.

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