October 26, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MOVING POLICY BOUNDARIES FORWARD: COMMERCIAL DRONE ALLIANCE PARTICIPATES IN FIRST-EVER FAA-CONVENED UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SAFETY TEAM MEETING
Industry Leaders Meet to Review Data, Boost UAS Safety Performance in the National Airspace
Washington, D.C. and Silicon Valley, October 21, 2016 – By the FAA’s own numbers, the UAS industry is growing exponentially. The Agency has predicted that 11 million commercial drones will have been sold in the United States by 2020. New platform adoption at this pace is unprecedented among most industries, even technology. To continue forward in this exciting new space while also securing the public’s trust, the commercial drone industry is strongly committed to the responsible and safe use of drones in the National Airspace.
This week, the FAA convened the first-ever UAS Safety Team (UAST) to gather and analyze data that will enhance the operational safety of drones. The Commercial Drone Alliance participated in this week’s meeting representing commercial drone companies in the hardware, software, news gathering, service provider, safety technology sectors.
The formation of the UAST is an important step toward broadening drone integration beyond the Part 107 rules already in effect. As the drone industry is new, policymakers have lacked sufficient data to draft and implement timely regulations. These UAST meetings will inform policymakers as they work toward broad drone integration.
The Alliance is pleased to see this effort move forward and looks forward to working productively with government representatives and other industry stakeholders on the UAST.
“At Measure, and as a Board member of the Commercial Drone Alliance, we are very excited to be a part of the Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team,” said Christopher Courtney, Chief Pilot and Vice President of Flight Operations. “This is an opportunity to work with industry and the FAA to set a thought-out safety culture in this new commercial drone space."
“With the recent release of the FAA’s new rule broadly authorizing commercial drone operations, the demand for commercial drones is skyrocketing. Industry wants to operate in a safe and responsible way,” said Lisa Ellman, co-executive director of the Commercial Drone Alliance. “We praise the FAA for bringing together interested stakeholders to enhance safety around drone flight, and we look forward to actively participating as part of the UAS Safety Team.”