The inaugural meeting of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) newly established Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) took place on Friday, Sept. 16, in Washington, D.C.
According to a summary from the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) – which was charged with recruiting the recently announced members of the DAC, as well as supporting the group – the committee discussed “the most pressing issues that must be resolved” and agreed upon the “top two issues to start tackling”: “What do I need to do to fly a drone in the airspace?” and “What are the most pressing privacy concerns, and what are the respective roles, responsibilities and authorities of local, state and federal entities in resolving those issues?”
The RTCA says other issues will be discussed in a future subcommittee of the DAC.
Earlier this year, the FAA established the long-term DAC in an effort to help shape the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into national airspace. The DAC, chaired by Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, comprises a number of multidisciplinary stakeholders. (The full list can be found here.)
Michael Huerta, administrator of the FAA, reportedly told the committee, “Go put together a to-do list of your own … Your job is to put your heads together and discuss the things that are most important to the industry as a whole.”