Global aerial technology company DJI has announced that drone policy expert Brendan Schulman has joined the company as vice president of policy and legal affairs.
Schulman, often known as ‘The Drone Lawyer,’ is one of the country's most prominent advocates for clear and reasonable civilian drone regulations, says DJI. He has represented individuals and organizations in landmark civilian drone legal cases – including Raphael ‘Trappy’ Pirker vs. the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – and established the U.S.’ first unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) legal practice group at law firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.
Late last year, Schulman, who draws on over 20 years’ experience with aerial technologies, proposed to the FAA the creation of a risk-based micro UAS category for the operation of lightweight drones for commercial and other applications. In its proposed rules for commercial UAS, the FAA did, indeed, say it was allowing for “extensive discussion of the possibility’ for this type of framework in the final rules.
‘The next few years will be critical in setting the direction for unmanned aerial regulations, so we need a policy executive who shares our vision for UAS operation that is both accessible and safe,’ says Frank Wang, CEO and founder of DJI. ‘Brendan is the perfect fit to drive forward this vision, which will enable our customers to expand the use of aerial technology for creative and innovative purposes.’
‘As the leader in the unmanned aerial space, DJI has set the standard for how this new technology is used,’ says Schulman. ‘I am excited to join their passionate team and to work together with lawmakers, industry groups and customers to find solutions to emerging policy questions and to open up the benefits of drone technology across industries.’