The Aerospace States Association (ASA), an association of state lieutenant governors, has teamed up with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) in an effort to “help transform the national economy with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).”
ASA was formed in 1991 to promote a state-based perspective in federal aerospace policy development and to support state aerospace initiatives that enhance economic development opportunities and student/teacher education outreach.
“We look to ASA to provide leadership at the state level to advance unmanned aviation as its members have successfully done to expand manned aviation,” says Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI. “Informing state elected officials about the benefits of unmanned systems and listening to their concerns and interest in this emerging technology are vital to enabling the infrastructure and public policy needed to grow our industry.”
Wynne will address the ASA annual meeting on July 29 in Milwaukee, where he will discuss the recently released small UAS rulemaking from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The two associations will also plan joint efforts to promote the UAS industry in states across the nation.
“Unmanned aircraft systems have the potential to transform how we move and see things like the Internet has transformed how we communicate,” says Alabama Lt. Governor Kay Ivey, chair of ASA. “UAS are emerging technologies that will transform America by providing wide-ranging economic, environmental, safety and security benefits. The UAS industry is expected to grow our state economies, create over 100,000 high-paying jobs, and be a source of innovation and inspiration for our youth to enter the STEM workforce.”
According to the groups, states’ role in supporting American aerospace is to do as follows:
- Educate and train aerospace professionals;
- Develop, test and incubate new technologies across a spectrum of corporate, academic, and private innovation infrastructures;
- Sponsor aerospace conferences and business roundtables to enable networking among key aerospace stakeholders;
- Facilitate attractive tax structures, leverage venture capital and seed public-private partnerships to promote entrepreneurship and expand space enterprise;
- Provide adequate infrastructure (e.g., airports, spaceports, roads, communications, internet access) and leverage unique geographical assets (e.g., landforms, location, climate) to develop terrestrial analog test sites;
- Dedicate public lands for airports, space launch and other aerospace-related activities and create research and education centers to both support these programs and facilitate technology transfer; and
- Convey the multiple scientific, educational and commercial benefits of space exploration to the general public.