Small UAV Coalition’s Walden Gets Nod to Chair Global UAS Group


The Small UAV Coalition has announced that Gregory Walden, counsel to the coalition and former Federal Aviation Administration chief counsel, has been elected chair of the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS) Stakeholder Consultation Body (SCB).

Walden also serves as senior counsel at law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

JARUS is a collaborative effort of aviation experts from close to 50 national aviation authorities and regional aviation safety organizations. The group is developing a single set of technical, safety and operational requirements for the safe and widespread integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into airspace.

The JARUS recommendations are intended to inform national and regional authorities as they draft their own requirements, explains the Small UAV Coalition.

The SCB was established in 2015 to represent aviation stakeholders, including the UAS industry, before JARUS and to serve as a resource for all JARUS activities. Importantly, the SCB also facilitates access to experts to advise JARUS on key technical solutions that will facilitate UAS integration – from unmanned traffic management to spectrum and collision avoidance, the coalition adds.

The Small UAV Coalition has been a member of the SCB since its inception. The coalition says it looks forward to continuing to work with JARUS to develop a forward-looking regulatory concept that facilitates the expedited integration of UAS.

JARUS will hold its next plenary meeting in March in Bucharest, Romania.

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