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FAA’s Michael Huerta Unveils New Drone Advisory Committee, Schools’ Exemption on UAS Flights

Michael Huerta
Michael Huerta

The Federal Aviation Administration will form a broad-based drone advisory committee to provide insights on unmanned aircraft system integration challenges.

The FAA said Wednesday that the committee will act as a long-term spinoff of the stakeholder-based and temporary UAS registration task force and micro-UAS aviation rulemaking committee.

“Input from stakeholders is critical to our ability to achieve that perfect balance between integration and safety,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s XPONENTIAL 2016 conference in New Orleans, where he announced the new committee.

Huerta has appointed Intel CEO Brian Krzanich to chair the DAC, which will aid in the identification and prioritization of integration challenges as well as establish support for an overall integration strategy.

The administration will also open UAS operations to students and faculty members for educational and research purposes provided that the participants follow rules for model aircraft, FAA added.

Huerta said the change aims to drive innovation.

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