FAA to adopt airline safety approach for drones

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has commissioned an unmanned aircraft safety team and a drone advisory committee.

Michael Huerta, FAA administrator, made the announcement at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Workshop on Drones and the Future of Aviation.

The Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team will include representatives from the drone and aviation industry, and will be tasked with analysing safety data from drones, and attempting to mitigate safety concerns, and as such will be similar to the US government-industry Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) initiative which seeks to reduce airline accident rates..

The Drone Advisory Committee, chaired by Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, will also develop policy and regulations for future drone use.

“Safely integrating drones into the national airspace is one of our top priorities at the FAA, and it’s very important we get it right,” said Huerta. “The only limit of this technology is our imagination, I’m confident that, by working with our partners, we will succeed.”

“This is an industry that’s moving at the speed of Silicon Valley. We at the FAA know we can’t move at the speed of government,” Huerta said. “America has the most complex airspace in the world, and it’s FAA’s job to ensure that everything operating up there is doing it safely for the public and for everyone who wants to use it.”

“It’s essential for our economy, and our role as a global aviation leader,” he added.

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