Commercial Drone Alliance: New FAA Committee Needs More Industry Diversity

According to the Commercial Drone Alliance (CDA), the newly chosen members of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) drone advisory committee (DAC) do not accurately reflect the true diversity of the commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry.

Although it “applauds the FAA for taking the initiative” to establish the group and is “thrilled that certain of [its] members have been selected to participate,” the alliance is “concerned that the diversity of the commercial drone industry is not well enough represented,” the CDA says in a statement.

The nonprofit CDA, established earlier this year, is co-led by founders Gretchen West and Lisa Ellman. The group’s goal is to grow the commercial UAS industry and support enterprise end users interested in adopting the technology.

According to the CDA, the new federal committee needs more “service providers, safety software companies, public research institutions, start-up companies and more.”

“These innovators are the backbone for the growth of the industry, and we are hopeful the FAA will provide additional opportunities for these market sectors to get involved and have their voices heard,” the alliance concludes.

The new DAC is modeled on the NextGen Advisory Committee and will meet at least three times a year; the first meeting will take place on Sept. 16. A full list of the members can be found here.


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