Feb. 16, 2015—AUVSI President and CEO Brian Wynne has been discussing the Federal Aviation Administration's proposed rule for small unmanned aerial vehicles with numerous news outlets, saying "it's a good first step" to allow commercial use of these systems.
"This proposed rule is a critical milestone in the UAS integration process, and one that is long overdue. UAS technology has largely remained grounded while many prospective users wait for the regulatory framework to catch up," Wynne says in a statement released by AUVSI.
The remainder of Wynne's statement says, "This is a good first step in an evolutionary process that brings us closer to realizing the many societal and economic benefits of UAS technology. We're currently reviewing the details of the proposed rule, and we look forward to addressing its specific provisions once we've had time to fully digest the rule. As an industry we believe it's important that the final rule enables the many civil and commercial uses for UAS technology in a safe and responsible manner and without being unnecessarily restrictive."
An economic study by AUVSI found that the UAS industry is projected to create more than 100,000 jobs and $82 billion in economic impact in the first decade following the integration of UAS.
AUVSI was also one of the founding members of Know Before You Fly, a safety campaign aimed at new and ongoing unmanned aircraft users. The campaign was highlighted by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta when he and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx unveiled the proposed small UAS rules.
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics— represents more than 7,500 members from 60+ allied countries involved in the fields of government, industry and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets.