Two days ago the DC Area Drone User Group met with senate and congressional staff members as part of AUVSI Hill Day to let them know about the concerns of the small drone operator community. Watch the video above for an on-the-spot report of our experiences, as well as suggestions for how you can help ensure that new laws and regulations don't stifle our activities.
We encourage you to reach out to your members of congress about these issues. Urge them to push the FAA to meet the congressionally mandated deadline of 2015 for integrating drones into the U.S. airspace and ensure that the new regulations are friendly to small operators and small businesses. Click here for the talking points we used, which may be helpful for your conversations. AUVSI also has resources on its advocacy page here that contain additional information for tracking what is going on with the laws surrounding drone use.
Let's make sure our voices are heard! Big businesses are heavily engaged in the rule making process. Let's work together to ensure that the concerns of the small operator are also taken into account at this critical time.