U.S. Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Integration, Oversight, and Competitiveness, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Aviation of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representatives, One Hundred and Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, December 10, 2014   [open pdf - 8MB]

This is from the December 10, 2014 hearing "U.S. Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Integration, Oversight, and Competitiveness," held before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. From the Opening Statement of Frank LoBiondo: "The United States has long been the global leader in aviation. American leadership in aerospace manufacturing, air transportation, flight safety, and technological innovation is tremendous. The aviation industry contributes billions of dollars to our economy, supports millions of jobs throughout our country, and is a source of pride for Americans. Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) have been increasingly in the news. But they are not truly 'new.' It's been almost 100 years since the U.S. military began developing the first UAS. Like other new technologies, UAS offer both exciting opportunities and daunting challenges. The previous FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] Reauthorization Law contained provisions directing the FAA to take steps towards safely integrating UAS into our nation's airspace by September 2015. Among other things, we directed the FAA to create test sites and regulations for UAS. The results so far appear mixed and I look forward to hearing from our witnesses today on the FAA's efforts. There are many issues surrounding UAS we need to consider. The first and foremost is safety. […] Protecting privacy is equally important as we further integrate and deploy UAS, whether by individual hobbyists or in commercial applications. I know the FAA and aviation industry are taking this issue very seriously, and Congress will continue to be actively engaged. […] We can all agree that UAS represent a tremendous economic opportunity. The FAA estimates that $89 billion will be invested globally in UAS over the next 10 years, and major U.S. companies have begun investing in UAS technology. There are many valuable applications in real estate, agriculture, medical transport, and infrastructure maintenance, with many more on the horizon." Statements, letters and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Margaret Gilligan, Matthew Hampton, Gerald Dillingham, Lee Moak, Jesse Kallman, and Nicholas Roy.

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Serial No. 113-84; Serial Number 113-84
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