The AUVSI Foundation has released a report on the proceedings of the recent “Workshop on Drones and the Future of Aviation,” an event co-hosted with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The daylong workshop occurred on Aug. 2 and focused on the continued issues facing the integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the national airspace system.

“The White House's first-ever workshop on drones recognized how UAS will play a vital role in our lives — inspiring businesses from all industry sectors as well as future generations of engineers, innovators and aviators,” says Daryl Davidson, executive director of the AUVSI Foundation.

The workshop brought together leaders from industry, academia and government to discuss the path to full UAS integration and how to make it a reality. In addition, it was announced at the workshop that the White House has committed to $35 million in new research funding through the National Science Foundation for UAS over the next five years.

"The August workshop was one of many steps this administration has taken in an effort to integrate UAS into the National Airspace System,” says Ed Felten, U.S. deputy chief technology officer. “This type of cross-sector collaboration is vital to creating smarter policies and making government more responsive to emerging technologies like unmanned aircraft systems."

Breakout sessions detailed in the proceedings included discussions of low-altitude airspace management, expanded operations for small UAS, integration into the national airspace system, privacy concerns, spectrum, and UAS security and counter-UAS measures. Across each session, attendees emphasized the need for greater coordination between government agencies, industry and academia.

“Industry-government collaboration is key to the future of UAS. Events such as the Workshop on Drones and the Future of Aviation and the upcoming White House Frontiers Conference allow for greater cooperation between stakeholders to ensure a true, holistic plan for full UAS integration,” says Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).

Wynne will be participating in the “National Frontiers” track of the White House Frontiers Conference on Oct. 13 to discuss the potential that UAS offer to a wide array of industries, ranging from agriculture to filmmaking. The conference will take place in Pittsburgh.

The full report on the workshop proceedings can be found here.


The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents more than 7,500 members from more than 60 countries involved in the fields of government, industry and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets.