FAA announces Drone Advisory Committee members

By Patrick C. Miller | September 01, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday announced the members of its newly established Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) which will hold its inaugural meeting on Sept. 16 in Washington, D.C.  

A news release from the agency said it is continuing to build on a strong record of collaborating with the aviation community to safely integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the nation’s airspace.

In May, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta asked Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel Corp., to chair the committee and to partner in the process of choosing members who represent a broad base of aviation users. Nearly 400 people and organizations expressed interest in becoming part of the committee.

After reviewing the expressions of interest, the FAA invited members to serve on the committee. It said those selected represent a wide array of stakeholders, including unmanned aircraft manufacturers and operators, traditional manned aviation groups, labor organizations, radio and navigation equipment manufacturers, airport operators and state and local officials.

“Safety is a shared responsibility in which each of us plays a vital role,” said Huerta. “We know from experience that the FAA’s polices and overall regulation of small unmanned aircraft will be more successful if we involve a strong and diverse coalition.”

Krzanich said, “Drones will be one of the great computing platforms of the future. It’s an honor to serve as the Chair of the Drone Advisory Committee.  I look forward to promoting innovation in drone technology that will improve people's lives while spurring economic growth.”

Also named to the committee was Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), who said, “We are hopeful that the DAC will help pave the way for enhancing industry and government collaboration to achieve full UAS integration, including provisions for beyond line of sight operations, access to higher altitudes and platforms above 55 pounds.”

DAC was formed under the RTCA federal advisory committee and will meet at least three times a year. Members will discuss key issues and challenges associated with integrating unmanned aircraft in the world’s busiest and most complicated airspace system. The committee will conduct more detailed business through a subcommittee and various task groups that will help the FAA prioritize its activities, including the development of future regulations and policies.

Drone Advisory Committee members include:

Chair: Brian Krzanich, Intel Corp
Greg Agvent, CNN
Deborah Ale Flint, Los Angeles World Airports
Juan Alonso, Stanford University
Mark Baker, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Jaz Banga, Airspace Technologies
Linden Blue, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
Robert Boyd, Riley County, Kansas
Tim Canoll, Air Line Pilots Association
Nancy Egan, 3D Robotics
Trish Gilbert, National Air Traffic Controllers Association
Martin Gomez-Vesclir, Facebook
Todd Graetz, BNSF Railway
David Green, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Bureau of Aeronautics
Ryan Hartman, Insitu
Robert Isom, American Airlines
Gur Kimchi, Amazon Prime Air
Ed Lee, San Francisco, California
Nancy Leveson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dave Mathewson, Academy of Model Aeronautics
Nan Mattai, Rockwell Collins
Houston Mills, UPS
Marily Mora, Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority
Christopher Penrose, AT&T
Steven Rush, Professional Helicopter Pilots Association
Lillian Ryals, The MITRE Corporation
Robie Samanta Roy,  Lockheed Martin
Paola Santana, Matternet
Ed Sayadian, Harris Corporation
Brendan Schulman, DJI Technology
Phil Straub, Garmin International
Dave Vos, Google X
Brian Wynne, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
Robert Young, PrecisionHawk
Matthew Zuccaro, Helicopter Association International


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