Friday, October 30, 2015
FAA Announces UAS Registration Task Force
|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