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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

FAA Appoints UAS Executives to Support Integration

Juliet Van Wagenen

Marke Gibson, appointed senior advisor on UAS integration and Earl Lawrence, appointed director of the UAS Integration Office
Marke Gibson, appointed senior advisor on UAS integration and Earl Lawrence, appointed director of the UAS Integration Office. Photo: FAA

[Avionics Today 09-02-2015] The FAA has selected Marke Gibson and Earl Lawrence for two executive-level positions that will guide the agency’s approach to integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into U.S. airspace.

Gibson will become the senior advisor on UAS integration, a position established to focus on external outreach and education, inter-agency initiatives, and an enterprise-level approach to FAA management of UAS integration efforts. He will report directly to the FAA Deputy Administrator.

Earl Lawrence will become the director of the UAS Integration Office within the FAA's Aviation Safety organization. He will lead the FAA’s efforts to safely and effectively integrate UAS into the nation’s airspace.

Both executives will assume their positions later this month.

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