UAS Test Site/Center of Excellence Public Meetings
The FAA will support seven public meetings during August and September, 2015. These meetings will be hosted by the six unmanned aircraft system (UAS) Test Sites and UAS Center of Excellence (COE). The purpose of these meetings is to discuss innovation and opportunities at the Test Sites and COE. Details are available in the Federal Register Notice.
January 8, 2015 – Drones: Consumer Technology Reaches New Heights
International Consumer Electronics Show 2015
UAS Integration Office Manager Jim Williams participated on a panel focused on UAS innovation and regulation. Panelists included leaders from 3D Robotics, Aerial MOB, Parrot, and the state of Nevada, with a moderator from Engadget. Watch a video of the panel discussion (ORG), courtesy of the CES 2015.
January 21, 2015 – House Science Committee hearing on UAS research and development
UAS Integration Office Manager Jim Williams testified as a witness at a House Science Committee Meeting on UAS research and development. Other witnesses included representatives from NASA, the small UAV Coalition, AUVSI (Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International), the National Research Council, and MIT. The full video of the hearing is available from C-Span (ORG) courtesy of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
The FAA anticipates that test site operator privacy practices will help inform the dialogue among policymakers, privacy advocates, and the industry on broader questions about the use of UAS technologies. The privacy requirements the FAA has proposed are specifically designed for the operation of the UAS test sites. They are not intended to pre-determine the long-term policy and regulatory framework under which commercial UASs would operate. Rather, they aim to assure maximum transparency of privacy policies associated with UAS test site operations in order to engage all stakeholders in discussion about which privacy issues are raised by UAS operations and how law, public policy, and the industry practices should respond to those issues in the long run.
April 25, 2012 — Webinars on FAA's Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Test Site Request for Comments
The FAA hosted two identical webinars on UAS Test Sites on April 10 and
April 11, 2012. FAA officials answered online and phone questions from nearly 500 participants on the Request for Comments published in the Federal Register on March 9, 2012. The comment period closed May 8, 2012. Read the transcript of the UAS Test Sites Webinar (PDF)