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After Action Report - UAV Workshop 2: COMPLIANCE



for Unmanned Vehicle Workshop for Mississippi Government Agencies



Workshop #2:





Event date:

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center

Headquarters Building

Building 1001 – Room 226/227


Event activities conducted in association with

the Open Technology Center:

Unmanned Remote and Autonomous Vehicle Planning Systems Program




Executive Summary

On Thursday, August 18, 2016, the Open Technology Center hosted the second Unmanned Vehicles Workshop for Public Sector Agencies at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center.  The half-day event was attended by 70 representatives of more than 40 federal, state and local public sector agencies from across the state of Mississippi.

The primary topic for the workshop was compliance of FAA regulation and maintaining the integrity of information collected by public sector agencies using unmanned vehicle systems.


Getting a bird in the air is easy.  Collecting information is simple.  However, public sector agencies CANNOT simply disregard existing FAA regulations regarding UAV operations.  Nor can they ignore laws and practices regarding how information is collected and handled.

The Unmanned Vehicle Workshops are hosted by the Open Technology Center as part of the Open Source Unmanned Remote, Autonomous Vehicle Systems (URAVS) program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) and U.S. Department of Defense, Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO).

The objective of this program is to help facilitate adoption of unmanned vehicle systems by public sector agencies in rural and under-served communities.  Initial program activities focus on Public Safety (law enforcement and emergency management), Public Service (critical infrastructure protection), and Public Administration (state, county, municipal administration) agencies within the 13 counties in south Mississippi that make up the State's Fourth Congressional District.  The program, however, is open to all public sector entities and eventually seeks to support agencies in rural communities nationwide.


Workshop Panel Presentations

The workshop featured two interactive panel discussions led by subject matter experts.

Panel 1: Access to the Sky: Requirements for Public Sector Operation of Unmanned Vehicle Systems

Panelists included representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), law enforcement officers who have secured an FAA COA for their departments and a legal representative with experience in flight and aircraft operations regulations.

Key issues addressed:

  • FAA Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA), Part 107 for Public Sector Agencies
  • How to Secure a COA for Your Law Enforcement Department
  • Law Enforcement Representatives from Madison and Adams County
  • Kris Graham, Taggart, Rimes & Graham, PLLC
  • Pilot Training for UAVs - Dennis Lott, Hinds Community College, UAV Systems Program



Panel 2: Data Integrity: Gathering, Handling, Storing Information Collected via UAVs

Panelists included Mr. Hal Kittrell (standing), District Attorney, 15th District Court of Mississippi and Special Agent Guy Walton (seated right) of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Key issues addressed:

  • Maintaining the integrity of data (evidence) collected using unmanned vehicles
  • Establishing Policy and Procedures for UAV operations within public safety departments
  • Certification and calibration of UAV platforms and data-collection payload sensors.




Presenter Contact Information

Open Technology Center

  • John Weathersby, Executive Director - 601.818.7161
  • Dr. Brad Smtih, Director of Federal Programs - 601.606.1448
  • Clifton Addison, Public Manager - 601.606.4336

Panel 1 Presenters 

  • Albert McCray, Federal Aviation Administration - 601.664.9814
  • Deputy Chris Mackey, Rankin County Sheriff's Office - 601.825.1480
  • Kris Graham, Taggart, Rimes & Graham, PLLC - 601.573.7421
  • Dennis Lott, Hinds Community College, UAV Program - 601.857.3301

Panel 2 Presenters

  • Hal Kitterll, District Attorney, MS 15th Circuit Court - 601.731.1476
  • Guy Walton, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation - 601.264.7618


Audience and Attendees

The half-day workshop was attended by 70 representatives from more than 40 federal, state and local public safety and emergency management agencies from across the state of Mississippi.

Agencies represented included:

  • Adams County Sheriff Dept
  • Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center
  • City of D'Iberville, MS
  • City of Pascagoula, MS
  • City of Pass Christian, MS
  • District Attorney, MS 15th Circuit Court
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • George County Sheriff Dept
  • Harrison County Sheriff Dept
  • Hattiesburg Area Development Authority
  • Hinds Community College
  • Jackson County, MS
  • Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics
  • Mississippi Development Authority
  • Mississippi Emergency Management Agency
  • Mississippi Insurance Department
  • Mississippi National Guard
  • Mississippi Port Authority, Gulfport
  • Mississippi Secretary of State 
  • Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command
  • Office of Congressman Steven Palazzo, MS 4th
  • Rankin County Sheriff Dept
  • Regional Counter-Drug Training Center
  • Senator Roger Wicker's Office
  • Senator Thad Cochran's Office
  • Stone County Sheriff Dept


Follow-Up Action Items

  • In-depth webinar by Kris Graham scheduled for Friday, September 2, 2016 from 11:00 – 12:00 PM to provide additional information regarding key steps to securing FAA COA for public sector entity.
  • OTC to release web-based information portal – to provide additional information, training and reference materials for public sector entities.
  • OTC to host FAA COA Workshop to serve as “walk-through” for public sector entities to secure appropriate COA for participating entities.
  • Establish UAV Pilot Training Classes in conjunction with Hinds Community College, Raymond, MS campus.


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