North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer, co-chairman of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus, hosted a July 22 panel discussion in Washington, D.C., on unmanned aircraft system (UAS) advancements and regulations in Canada and the U.S.
‘[Wednesday's] meeting was an opportunity for leaders from both nations to discuss the regulations and policies needed to ensure both countries benefit from UAS technology,” says Rep. Cramer, R-N.D., who, in his role in the Northern Border Caucus, fosters continued growth in the U.S.-Canada relationship.
“We have an opportunity to make sure regulations for UAS are aligned as much as possible from the beginning. Canada is America’s No. 1 trading partner, with $1.4 million in bilateral goods and services trade every minute. As the UAS industry grows, it will certainly play a bigger and bigger role in this relationship,” he explains.
Panel participants included as follows:
- Aaron McCrorie, director-general of civil aviation at Transport Canada. His scope of work includes establishing safety policies, regulations and standards for aviation and aerospace in Canada, as well as developing oversight programs for surveillance frequencies, inspection methodologies, personnel competencies and training, and quality assurance;
- Greg Cirillo, member and founder of HCH Legal in Bethesda, Md. He has a multinational law practice in the private aircraft industry to represent owners, buyers, sellers, financiers and operators in the acquisition, sale, finance and use of corporate and commercial aircraft, and regulatory compliance before the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Transportation (DOT); and
- Michael Drobac, executive director of the Small UAV Coalition, formed in August of last year. The Small UAV Coalition advocates for law and policy changes to permit the operation of sUAS beyond the visual line-of-sight, with varying degrees of autonomy, for commercial, consumer, recreational and philanthropic purposes.
Rep. Cramer also serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and is assigned to three subcommittees: Communications and Technology, Environment and the Economy, and Oversight and Investigations.