Small UAV Coalition Recaps First Annual Meeting, D.C. Event

896_small_uav_coalition_event Small UAV Coalition Recaps First Annual Meeting, D.C. EventThe Small UAV Coalition recently held its first annual meeting – a two-day event in Washington, D.C. – since the organization's founding last August.

The busy itinerary included meetings on Capitol Hill with members of Congress; a meeting with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); a technology fair at the National Press Club; and a concert at the 9:30 Club with the band OK Go.

The technology fair, which kicked off the event, featured 12 exhibiting members and flights by the DJI Phantom 2, DJI Inspire and Parrot BeBop. Congressional staffers, agency staffers, media and hobbyists were all in attendance.

After Michael Drobac, executive director of the coalition, welcomed attendees, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., delivered remarks. Representatives from Airware, DJI, Aerialtronics, Google [x] and 3D Robotics also gave insight into technology and the future of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Following the technology fair, coalition members split off into groups for an afternoon of meetings, where they met with 33 members of Congress on Capitol Hill, an administrator of the FAA and high-level officials with the Department of Transportation. Meetings were held over the course of both days.

The second day of the event coincided with a Congressional hearing in the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology exploring UAV research and development.

Coalition member Colin Guinn of 3D Robotics was a witness and delivered testimony on the need for regulation of commercial UAV use. The hearing marked the first flight of a drone on Capitol Hill, the Parrot BeBop.

The visit culminated with a concert at the 9:30 Club featuring OK Go, who used a drone to film their recent music video. The Small UAV Coalition says the concert raised over $30,000 for the Know Before You Fly campaign.

Board members of the coalition are 3D Robotics, Aerialtronics, Airware, Amazon Prime Air, DroneDeploy, DJI Innovations, EHang, Hazon Solutions, Google[x] Project Wing, GoPro, Kespry, Parrot, PrecisionHawk, Sky-Futures and SkyWard.

Photo courtesy of the Small UAV Coalition


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