House Hearing to Explore State of UAS Integration, Industry

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Aviation Subcommittee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., is holding a hearing on the status of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) integration into U.S. airspace and the development of the UAS industry.

While the U.S. has the technology and practical expertise to be the global leader in the UAS industry, the House says, many complex policy issues remain to be addressed.

Moreover, it explains, there are growing signs that governments and entrepreneurs outside of the U.S. are making significant strides in this growing industry.

This hearing will focus on the state of the emerging UAS industry in the U.S., including the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) ongoing efforts to safely integrate unmanned devices into the airspace, unresolved legal and public policy issues, and U.S. competitiveness.

The hearing, entitled “U.S. Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Integration, Oversight, and Competitiveness,” is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. on Dec. 10 in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill.

Witnesses will include the following: Peggy Gilligan, associate administrator for aviation safety, FAA; Matthew Hampton, assistant inspector general for aviation audits, Department of Transportation; Gerald Dillingham, director of civil aviation issues, Government Accountability Office; Lee Moak, president, Air Line Pilots Association; Jesse Kallman, head of business development and regulatory affairs, Airware; and Nicholas Roy, the founder of Google [X]’s Project Wing.


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