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Drone Advisory Committee Announces Members and First Meeting

Over 400 interested, but only 34 chosen

September 1, 2016

Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO and chair of the Drone Advisory Committee, is known for his love of drones. Above he's showing off Intel's ready-to-fly Aero drone at the 2016 Intel Developers Forum. The Aero drone is scheduled to be released toward the end of 2016 and is available for preorder.
Intel Corporation
The FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) announced its first meeting will occur on Sept. 16 in Washington, D.C. This long-term advisory board was created to provide the FAA with advice on unmanned aerial system (UAS) integration.

Talking points at the first meeting will include an overview of DAC objectives and the current UAS landscape, according to the Federal Register.

According to the FAA, over 400 individuals and organizations expressed interest in joining the advisory board, but only 34 were chosen. Among those selected are Robert Young, PrecisionHawk; Greg Agvent, CNN; Gur Kimchi, Amazon Prime; Todd Graetz, BNSF Railway; Brendan Schulman, DJI Technology. See the full list here.

Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO and chair of the advisory committee, helped choose the members of the board.

“Drones will be one of the great computing platforms of the future. It’s an honor to serve as the Chair of the Drone Advisory Committee,” he said in a news release. “I look forward to promoting innovation in drone technology that will improve people's lives while spurring economic growth.”

The DAC will meet at least three times a year to discuss key issues and challenges associated with integrating UAS in the national airspace. The FAA understands that an effective integration process will require both time and collaboration.

“Input from stakeholders is critical to our ability to achieve that perfect balance between integration and safety,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a press release when the DAC was first announced in May. “We know that our policies and overall regulation of this segment of aviation will be more successful if we have the backing of a strong, diverse coalition.

Learn about Part 107 ― a major step that the FAA took to help integrate drones into the national airspace.
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