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Drone Industry Leaders Send a Letter to Donald Trump




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Drone industry leaders such as DJI, Intel, Verizon, Amazon, GoPro as well as advocacy groups like  AUVSI, the AMA, and the Small UAV Coalition have sent a letter to Donald Trump last week. The letter was asking to coordinate state and local drone laws and regulations.

Innovation has been integral to America’s economic success and it will also play a crucial role in its future,” begins the letter. “A technology that shows great promise and tremendous benefits to continue moving our nation’s economy forward is unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), which is forecast to create more than 100,000 jobs and over $82 billion in economic impact over the next decade.

The letter is mostly says that there is a work needs to be done to release the full potential of the drone technology and industry in general. It also emphasises the willingness to cooperate with government. The letter goes on to ask directly that the president help to establish a program to coordinate state, local and FAA efforts to create drone laws.

“For months, we have advocated on Capitol Hill for a pilot program that allows state and local governments, along with UAS industry stakeholders, to develop a coordinated effort with the FAA concerning UAS airspace integration. We are pleased that your administration has also identified this as a sensible approach,” says the letter.

“A pilot program would allow for a data-driven process, within a controlled operational environment, to explore the best options for states and municipalities to address their needs, as it relates to different types of UAS operations. Additionally, a pilot program is the best option for informing future regulatory and congressional action that will help enhance innovation and increase economic impact.”

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“Overall though, the FAA sovereignty of the national airspace must not be compromised. Federal control of the airspace is a bedrock principle of aviation law that dates back over 50 years, and is the primary reason the United States maintains an aviation safety record that is the envy of the world. Maintaining the FAA’s authority helps keep the skies safe for all aircraft – manned and unmanned.”

Despite the FAA efforts to establish the regulations for the drones, there are still some issues that are hard to resolve relying on the FAA rules.


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