DJI, the world’s leading maker of unmanned aerial vehicles, has been invited to join the Drone Advisory Committee established by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to identify the most important issues raised by the growth of drone use and to recommend strategies for safely integrating drones into the national airspace.
The FAA invited DJI and 33 other companies and organizations to join the committee, in order to create a broad-based group of stakeholders to provide expert advice as the number of drones used in America continues to grow. The FAA estimates 2.5 million drones will be sold in America this year, rising to 7 million a year by 2020.
“Drones are bringing real benefits to American businesses, farms, nonprofits and government agencies, while also capturing the imagination of millions of photographers, racers, hobbyists and other enthusiasts,” said Brendan Schulman, DJI Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs, who will represent the company on the committee. “DJI appreciates the opportunity to help explore how further regulatory changes can help expand the safe and beneficial use of unmanned aerial technology. From saving lives to helping businesses operate more efficiently to sharing spectacular views, we stand ready to help advise the FAA on how to bring these benefits to everyone.”
The Drone Advisory Committee will be chaired by Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, and will hold its first meeting Sept. 16 in Washington, D.C. The committee 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.
The FAA has previously turned to DJI for help developing innovative regulatory approaches to civilian drone technology. DJI was one of 27 companies and organizations that participated in the FAA’s “Micro” UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee, which in April recommended common-sense ways to ensure drones used for commercial and organizational purposes can safely fly over people. DJI was also one of 25 companies and organizations that participated in last year’s FAA UAS Registration Task Force, which led to the FAA establishing an instant web-based system for owners to register their drones.
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