FAA Committee To Accelerate Drone Integration

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FAA Committee To Accelerate Drone Integration, Here’s How

Nextgov posted an interesting article discussing how the Drone Advisory Committee recently offered recommendations around Remote Identification, or virtual license plates for drones.

As more and more drones are approved to fly across American skies, critical questions will need to be addressed around unmanned aircraft technology, policies, and the future of airspace security—and that’s exactly where the Federal Aviation Administration’s Drone Advisory Committee comes in. 

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Established in 2016 to advise the agency on key challenges and priorities around drone integration, the DAC saw its first transfer of leadership earlier this year. In a recent conversation with Nextgov, the committee’s newly-appointed chairman and another member who is also a drone policy expert, weighed in on the DAC’s latest priorities, its recent work to improve correspondence with the FAA and the members’ ultimate hope to accelerate the safe introduction of drones into the national airspace.  

“When you’re talking about putting flying machines in the air, you’re of course dealing with regulated air space, and so it’s a close partnership between the public and the private sector to be able to allow, and really empower the entire drone industry to move forward,” Chairman Michael Chasen said. 

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Chasen, who is also CEO of the commercial drone and data company PrecisionHawk USA, joined the committee in 2017 and was named chairman in May. He’ll serve a two-year appointment in the role at a time when exciting developments and innovation are bubbling. He followed former Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, who served in the first rotation as the committee’s chair, and resigned in 2018.

The chairman noted that corporations didn’t really have a pathway to utilize unmanned aerial systems, or UAS, technology until August 2016, when the FAA published Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations to specifically govern “a broad spectrum of commercial uses for drones weighing less than 55 pounds.” Continue reading about DAC’s recent offerings.

Source: Nextgov


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