Williams will deliver the keynote address at the National Surveying, Mapping and Geospatial Conference
April 8, 2015
Jim Williams will speak about the recently-published notice of proposed rulemaking issued by his office, including regulations and policies that will affect surveying and mapping firms that want to fly UAVs in the commercial market.
Flights would be limited to daylight, visual line-of-sight operations
February 15, 2015
“Technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace, and this milestone allows federal regulations and the use of our national airspace to evolve to safely accommodate innovation,” says Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
As unmanned aerial systems (UAS) become more prevalent in the skies, the United States is engaged in spirited conversation about their impact on the constitutional guarantees of privacy and free speech. Over the next 10 years, tens of thousands of these vehicles could be safely darting in our national airspace, providing a wealth of valuable services to homeowners, ranchers, farmers, journalists and businesses. Many of these vehicles will be equipped with remote sensing technology enabling the identification of individuals. This technological leap forward brings with it challenges to our concept of “privacy” and “free speech” our society has not yet faced.