Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Innovation, Integration, Successes, and Challenges, Hearing Before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, March 15, 2017   [open pdf - 411KB]

This is the March 15, 2017 hearing on "Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Innovation, Integration, Successes, and Challenges," held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. From the opening statement of John Yhune: "As all of you know, this exciting technology has the capability to change, and in some cases already has changed, the way companies in the United States and around the world do business. In addition to commercial UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) activities, hundreds of thousands of drones have been sold and registered to everyday consumers and recreational users around the country. Some of these users are long-time hobbyists and aviation enthusiasts, while many others have been engaged by this new technology and are excited to take flight for the first time. The same innovative energy that enables new uses of this technology is also driving advances in safety and accountability, often faster than the pace of regulations. That pace of innovation is a benefit we should protect as the regulatory framework matures. As we contemplate another FAA reauthorization, today's hearing is an opportunity to receive an update on the FAA's progress on the congressional mandates from 2012 and 2016. We will examine the successes and the challenges the FAA has faced in the effort to safely integrate drones into the national airspace." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Earl Lawrence, Diana Marina Cooper, Ben Fowke, Brendan Schulman, John Villasenor, and Emilio Gonzalez.

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S. Hrg. 115-62; Senate Hearing 115-62
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