UAS Safety to be Focus of Aviation Subcommittee Hearing

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Aviation, chaired by U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., is holding a hearing on issues related to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) safety.

The hearing, entitled “Ensuring Aviation Safety in the Era of Unmanned Aircraft Systems,” is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. on Wed., Oct. 7, in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building.

LoBiondo took the stage earlier this year at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s Unmanned Systems 2015, where he emphasized that the way to move the UAS industry forward is to “do it collectively” and urge Congress to focus on the potential of the technology.

Witnesses for the subcommittee hearing include as follows:

  • Michael G. Whitaker, deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration;
  • James Hubbard, deputy chief of state and private forestry of the United States Forest Service;
  • Captain Tim Canoll, president of the Air Line Pilots Association;
  • Rich Hanson, director of government and regulatory affairs of the Academy of Model Aeronautics; and
  • Dr. Mykel Kochenderfer, professor of aeronautics and astronautics.

More information about the hearing, including testimony, additional background information and a link to the live webcast will be posted here.


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