FAA Seeks New Drone Advisory Group Members
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has posted a notice in the Federal Register soliciting qualified candidates to serve on the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC). The committee provides an open venue for the FAA and stakeholders to identify and recommend consensus-based resolutions for issues related to the integration of unmanned aircraft (UAS) into the National Airspace System.
The notice explains the responsibilities associated with DAC membership and the desired qualifications for participants. It also details the materials candidates must submit, noting that failure to supply the required information may disqualify an otherwise excellent candidate from the review process. Selected members will serve for at least two years. The FAA must receive nomination packages no later than 6:00 a.m. EST on January 9, 2019.
Typically, DAC members are at the level of Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer or other high-ranking positions. Members come from a cross-section of stakeholders representing UAS interests, including industry, research and academia, retail, and technology. The FAA maintains a roster of the current DAC membership. The DAC is limited to a maximum of 35 individuals.
The DAC, established as a Federal Advisory Committee, advises the FAA on the needs of new and expanding users of the National Airspace System while identifying the strategic regulatory priorities and structure that simultaneously promote innovation, safety, efficiency, and rapid UAS integration.
Us that have been flying Remote Control aircraft, have lived by a set of rules for years. All the folks I know belong to the AMA, we had no problems till the little rotor drones were introduced, we see nothing but misuse from so many of them, we hate it that we got put in the same category as them when we are really nothing like them, both fly and both use a radio. But we fly at RC parks away from people and by sight, and they fly anywhere and using goggles to see, we would love to see the two not linked together. I would serve on the committee to best serve that point of view. To help show the big difference in the Hobby side and what my friends and I call the problem!