October Drone Advisory Committee

FAA to stream October Drone Advisory Committee meeting, making attendance free to public

The Federal Aviation Administration’s October Drone Advisory Committee meeting will be held virtually. It’s the second time the regular meeting is being held virtually — and the second time that it’s this free and easy for the public to participate in.

Participating in the Federal Aviation Administration’s drone-related proceedings just got a whole lot easier — thanks to its newfound virtual Drone Advisory Committee.

The FAA will host its October Drone Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, Oct. 22 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT. It will be broadcast live on the FAA Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, copies of meeting minutes will be available on the FAA’s website.

While you can’t speak up during the meeting (speaking privileges are only available to committee members), you can still participate by submitting a written statement ahead of time. The FAA allows members of the public to submit statements anytime, via email, to the UAS Integration Office. Disclaimer: your statements will be public (and you can read all the comments that have been submitted so far in 2020 here). Though, you’ll need to submit your written statements for this month’s meeting by Thursday, Oct. 15 in order for them to be reviewed and considered for discussion during the meeting.

The committee was designed “to provide the FAA with advice on key UAS integration issues by helping to identify challenges and prioritize improvements,” and its members consist of representatives from airports, local governments, aviation associations, big aviation companies like Boeing and Lockheed Martin, and more. Drone representatives primarily come from major companies like Wing (a sister company of Google), Amazon Prime Air and DJI.

The FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee first went virtual in June, when the meeting was conducted via livestream. That meeting discussed topics like Remote Identification, technical challenges, security, recreational operations and waivers, and even whether the word “unmanned” should be replaced with a gender-neutral term, like “unpiloted.”

That meeting was also quite a bit shorter that the scheduled October Drone Advisory Committee (it was just 3 hours, vs. this upcoming meeting is set for 7 hours).

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