Senate Committee Holding Hearing on UAS Impact on Small Businesses

A U.S. Senate hearing entitled “Up In the Air: Examining the Commercial Applications of Unmanned Aircraft for Small Businesses,” taking place Thurs., March 10, at 10:00 a.m. EST.

Witnesses will include as follows:

  • Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International;
  • Tim Canoll, president of the Air Line Pilots Association International;
  • Eli Dourado, director of the technology policy program at the Mercatus Center of George Mason University;
  • Thomas W. Vaneck, vice president of disruptive technologies at Physical Sciences Inc.; and
  • Gregory S. McNeal, professor of law at Pepperdine University and co-founder of AirMap.

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., chairman of the U.S. Senate committee on small business and entrepreneurship, will head the hearing.

According to the committee’s media advisory, industry stakeholders, committee members and small-business owners will discuss the need to create a culture of safety, compliance and innovation to ensure that Federal Aviation Administration regulations are finalized in a way that allows small businesses to benefit from unmanned aircraft in all industries.

The meeting will be available via live stream here.


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