In an op-ed for Morning Consult, former Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) emphasizes that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) must retain autonomy over UAS integration into the National Airspace System. "Many public policy initiatives are best left to the states to decide — regulating the national air space is not one. The FAA and its federal partners are best suited to continue to oversee the safe integration of drones at any and all altitudes. The air space — like rivers — traverses across localities without being confined to boundaries. Varying standards for UAS operation from state to state or county to county or, conceivably, town to town would stunt most commercial or recreational uses this technology has to offer."
In an op-ed for The New York Daily News, New York City Councilman Justin Brannan discusses the need for the New York city government to modernize its statutes to allow for drones to be utilized for key public safety and commercial purposes. "Plenty of people still have questions about drones, just like they do about any new technology. That’s reasonable, and there are good answers for them. This city can welcome drones and all the great things they can do while protecting everybody on the ground. When businesses, schools, nonprofits and city agencies can make use of increasingly versatile flying devices, it will show that New York is a city that embraces the future — and the jobs and benefits that come with it. As they say, the sky’s the limit."
Alliance for Drone Innovation Applauds Drone Advisory Committee’s Recommendations for Safe Integration of UAS
The Alliance for Drone Innovation (ADI) (droneinnovation.org) — a Washington, DC-based coalition of manufacturers, operators, suppliers and software developers of personal and professional drones — commends the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) for approving in its October 2019 meeting today three original reports, developed by the committee’s members, that include recommendations to further advance the safe integration of UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS). Following the June 2019 DAC meeting, DAC members joined three separate task groups and moved swiftly to collaborate on recommendations related to Part 107 Waiver Process Improvements, Remote ID, and UAS Security Issues.