DOT Officially Launching Drone Integration Pilot Program on Thursday

On Thursday, Elaine Chao, secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), is hosting an event for the official launch of the department’s Drone Pilot Integration Program.

The launch event will correspond with the display of the Federal Register notice detailing the timeframe, requirements and goals of the new program, which was initiated through a presidential directive on Oct. 25. The program aims to help the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) develop a regulatory framework that will allow more complex low-altitude operations; identify ways to balance local and national interests; improve communications with local, state and tribal jurisdictions; address security and privacy risks; and accelerate the approval of operations that currently require special authorizations.

In attendance will be Gov. Susana Martinez, R-N.M.; Michael Kratsios, deputy assistant to the president in the Office of Science and Technology Policy; Michael Huerta, administrator of the FAA; Brian Wynne, president of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International; and Dave Herlong, director of smart grid and innovation at Florida Power & Light, along with other government officials and stakeholders.

Taking place at 2:00 p.m. EST in Washington, D.C., the event will be live-streamed to the public here.

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