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Friday, October 30, 2015

FAA Announces UAS Registration Task Force

Juliet Van Wagenen

Unmanned aircraft system
Unmanned aircraft system. Photo: FAA

[Avionics Today 10-30-2015] FAA Administrator Michael Huerta has released the names of members of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration Task Force announced earlier this month. Earl Lawrence, Director of the FAA’s UAS Integration Office, and Dave Vos of Google X will co-chair the group.

The task force membership aims to represent a range of stakeholder viewpoints, interests and knowledge of the objectives and scope, according to the FAA. Task force membership was by invitation only and participation is voluntary. Interested parties who are not members of the task force may submit comments to the public docket.

Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx set a deadline of Nov. 20 for the task force to complete its recommendations and work is already underway. The group will meet formally from Nov. 3 to Nov. 5 before developing recommendations on a streamlined registration process and minimum requirements on which unmanned aircraft should be registered. Given the urgency of this issue, the DOT and FAA will move expeditiously to consider the Task Force's recommendations.

Along with the FAA and DOT, the following federal agencies will provide expert support to the Task Force: Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Interior, Office of Management and Budget, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Department of State.

Task Force Members include:
Nancy Egan – 3D Robotics
Richard Hanson – Academy of Model Aeronautics
George Novak – Aerospace Industries Association
Chuck Hogeman and Randy Kenagy – Air Line Pilots Association
Jim Coon – Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Sean Cassidy – Amazon Prime Air
Ben Gielow–Amazon Retail
Justin Towles – American Association of Airport Executives
Brian Wynne – Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
Parker Brugge – Best Buy
Douglas Johnson – Consumer Electronics Association
Brendan Schulman – DJI
Paul Feldman – General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Dave Vos – GoogleX (Co-Chair)
Tony Bates – GoPro
Matt Zuccaro – Helicopter Association International
Mike Fergus – International Association of Chiefs of Police
John Perry – Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors
Brandon Declet – Measure
Randall Burdett – National Association of State Aviation Officials
Sarah Wolf – National Business Aviation Association
Baptiste Tripard – Parrot
Tyler Collins – PrecisionHawk
Gregory McNeal – Small UAV Coalition
Thomas Head – Walmart

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