The heads of two trade groups that stand to benefit from the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have written a joint letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) urging the agency to accelerate the process of integrating UAS into the national airspace system.
Marion Blakey, president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, and Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, wrote the letter, which is addressed to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.
In calling for ‘expedited consideration and approval of the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regulating the safe use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in U.S. airspace,’ Blakey and Shapiro note that ‘American entrepreneurs and businesses cannot realize the tremendous benefits and efficiencies of UAS systems until the proposed rule moves forward.’
They contend that ‘only after issuance of the proposed rule can we begin a transparent dialogue between government, industry, users and other interested parties to allow the safe use of these systems by American businesses.’
Blakey and Shapiro add that ‘it is long overdue to move this process forward.’
You can read the groups' letter here.