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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  • This FAA stuff just gets so old.  How long do you think it will take to finalize part 107?  It is 107 I think.

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    Maybe I'm being a pessimist, but I interpreted it as meaning "if the teacher is learning anything new, it's not allowed".
    I wouldn't pay $1 for my own legal advice, so take it as you will. ;)
  • so colleagues and I have been reading this and parsing this.

    Im not sure how this makes things easier, as has been mentioned.  At first I thought this would really open some doors to practical on-campus research and experimentation, but now it would seem that they are saying that such research might be acceptable if it is secondary to the intent of the course you are teaching???  For instance, if I was teaching a remote sensing course or course on archaeological survey, and we integrate UAS, does the mean it could get a thumbs up as hobby?  That doesn't seem to make sense.

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    One reason starts with A and ends with vironement thats why they drove ASTM F-38

  • 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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    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. 

  • @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

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    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..

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

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    @Nikola, where is the 48hour approval from?

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