Statement on the FAA's Leadership Change & Administrator Huerta's Service  

Commercial Drone Alliance Statement on the FAA's Leadership Change & Administrator Huerta's Service  

The Commercial Drone Alliance thanks Administrator Michael Huerta for his years of excellent service as FAA Administrator. Administrator Huerta recognized the unique safety and efficiency benefits of commercial drones, and he worked diligently over his tenure to move UAS policymaking forward. Under his watch the UAS registration rule went into effect, the Pathfinder Program to move UAS policy boundaries forward was launched, and Part 107 for the first time broadly authorized commercial drones into our National Airspace System. Administrator Huerta valued collaboration and routinely sought out the views of the commercial drone industry and other relevant stakeholders around important UAS policymaking efforts.

While the commercial drone industry saw much progress under Administrator Huerta, policy challenges remain. Amongst other efforts, we eagerly await rulemakings from the FAA on remote identification and expanded operations, including to enable flights over people, beyond visual line of sight and at night.  In this same collaborative spirit, the Commercial Drone Alliance looks forward to working with Acting Administrator Dan Elwell to continue to open the skies for commercial drones.