FAA Administrator Makes Two Major Drone Announcements

Speaking today at a conference in New Orleans, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the agency is establishing a broad-based advisory committee that will provide advice on key unmanned aircraft integration issues. He also announced plans to make it easier for students to fly unmanned aircraft (PDF) as part of their coursework.

Huerta said the drone advisory committee is an outgrowth of the successful stakeholder-based UAS registration task force and the MicroUAS aviation rulemaking committee.

Those panels were set up for a single purpose and for limited duration. In contrast, the drone advisory committee is intended to be a long-lasting group. It will help identify and prioritize integration challenges and improvements, and create broad support for an overall integration strategy.

“Input from stakeholders is critical to our ability to achieve that perfect balance between integration and safety,” Huerta said. “We know that our policies and overall regulation of this segment of aviation will be more successful if we have the backing of a strong, diverse coalition.”

Huerta said he has asked Intel CEO Brian Krzanich to chair the group.

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Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on May 4, 2016 at 8:57am

I think what the FAA really needs to do is form a committee to determine how many more committees they should form to discuss drones.

Comment by Mark Omo on May 4, 2016 at 9:05am

@Rob I think before that they will have to form an advisory committee to the rulemaking committee to review this suggestion 

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on May 4, 2016 at 9:20am

Yes, but don't they have to focus-group the advisory committee first? We also need stakeholder consultations before the focus-group can be formed.

Comment by Nikola Rabchevsky on May 4, 2016 at 10:45am

Can somebody finally address the gaping hole in use-cases?  Non-profit search & rescue is one of the most necessary uses but the FAA doesn't have special rules for this.  You don't have the luxury of waiting 48 hours for approval to fly.  Furthermore, the insurance side of things doesn't understand that volunteer non-profit SAR groups don't have $10,000 to blow on insurance.

Comment by Tom Pittenger on May 4, 2016 at 12:24pm

@Nikola, where is the 48hour approval from?

Comment by Dmitry Prokhorov on May 4, 2016 at 1:34pm

@Rob it is well known that any problem can be resolved by forming new committee.. Any but one: "too much of committees" ))

Comment by John Arne Birkeland on May 4, 2016 at 1:47pm

Simple, you just need to form a new committee on how to reduce the number of committees..

And on a more serious note. Has anyone noticed how suddenly FAA is backpedaling, easing up restrictions here and there. Makes you wonder what is going on behind the curtains..

Comment by Mark Omo on May 4, 2016 at 3:13pm

@John it does make sense, restrict things heavily until the technology has proven itself and you are comfortable with it, hopefully it will continue to relax the laws surrounding UAS

Comment by MarioSpeedwagon on May 4, 2016 at 3:43pm

Easier for students to fly UAS? They're still prohibited from flying to participate in research projects. 

Even worse, they explicitly prohibit faculty from providing anything more than minimal assistance with the flights. 

Comment by Chris on May 4, 2016 at 8:11pm

Maybe they've finally worked out that the rest of the world has managed to integrate RPA's into there airspace and there isn't mass carnage.  Maybe a softer more sensible FAA is on the horizon, oh hold on, nah just messing with you, the FAA wont soften....  They'll just give the appearance they are doing stuff.  Their actions speak much louder than words do.  

If other countries have had this stuff integrated in for the last 20 years, why is the US so far behind.  It makes you wonder doesn't it.


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