FAA Names Who’s Who in New Drone Registration Task Force


Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta has officially named members of the newly formed task force assigned with coming up with recommendations for drone registration.

Earl Lawrence, director of the FAA’s UAS integration office, and Dave Vos of Google X will co-chair the group.

According to the FAA, the membership represents a range of stakeholder viewpoints, interests and knowledge of the objectives and scope. Task force membership was by invitation only, and participation is voluntary, the agency notes.

Task force members include as follows:

  • Nancy Egan of 3D Robotics
  • Richard Hanson of the Academy of Model Aeronautics
  • George Novak of the Aerospace Industries Association
  • Chuck Hogeman and Randy Kenagy of the Air Line Pilots Association
  • Jim Coon of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  • Sean Cassidy of Amazon Prime Air
  • Ben Gielow of Amazon Retail
  • Justin Towles of the American Association of Airport Executives
  • Brian Wynne of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
  • Parker Brugge of Best Buy
  • Douglas Johnson of the Consumer Electronics Association
  • Brendan Schulman of DJI
  • Paul Feldman of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association
  • Dave Vos of Google X (and co-chair)
  • Tony Bates of GoPro
  • Matt Zuccaro of the Helicopter Association International
  • Mike Fergus of the International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • John Perry of the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors
  • Brandon Declet of Measure
  • Randall Burdett of the National Association of State Aviation Officials
  • Sarah Wolf of the National Business Aviation Association
  • Baptiste Tripard of senseFly
  • Tyler Collins of PrecisionHawk
  • Gregory McNeal of AirMap (and representing the Small UAV Coalition)
  • Thomas Head of Walmart

Anthony Foxx, Department of Transportation secretary, set a deadline of Nov. 20 for the task force to complete its recommendations, and work is already underway, says the FAA.

The group will meet formally Nov. 3-5 before developing recommendations on a streamlined registration process and minimum requirements on which unmanned aircraft should be registered. Given the urgency of this issue, according to the FAA, the agencies will move expeditiously to consider the task force’s recommendations.

Along with the FAA and DOT, the following federal agencies will provide support to the task force: the Department of Commerce, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Interior, the Office of Management and Budget, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Department of State.

Interested parties who are not members of the Task Force may submit comments to the public docket. The Federal Register notice is available for viewing here.

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