I'm delighted to announce that the Small UAV Coalition, an industry group led by 3DR, Amazon, Google, DJI, Parrot and Airware, is now up and running. You can visit the website here.
The mandate of the group is as follows:
The Small UAV Coalition advocates for law and policy changes to permit the operation of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) beyond the line-of-sight, with varying degrees of autonomy, for commercial, consumer, recreational and philanthropic purposes. Our members, including leading consumer and technology companies such as 3DR, Airware, Amazon Prime Air, DJI Innovations, Google[x], GoPro, and Parrot, believe that U.S. leadership in the research, development, and production of unmanned aerial vehicles will benefit consumers in all walks of life. We believe that, working together, we will be able to remove unnecessary policy or regulatory hurdles that impede small UAV development, sales, job creation, and services.
The Coalition is being run by the Washington DC law firm of Akin Gump, with a full professional staff, including former FAA officials. In my 3DR CEO role, I'm also the Chairman of the Coalition.