AUVSI President and CEO Brian Wynne delivered a keynote address to attendees at the World Unmanned Systems Conference in Shenzhen, China, on the commercial UAS industry and the business opportunities it is creating in the U.S.
“This is a particularly exciting time to be working in the field of unmanned systems. The skies above the United States are now truly open for business,” Wynne said in prepared remarks.
Wynne’s speech highlighted the business opportunities enabled by the small UAS rule, also known as Part 107, which the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) implemented in August. He said the U.S. regulation established a flexible, risk-based approach to regulating civil and commercial UAS operations. “The small UAS rule did not come about overnight. It took government and industry working together in the U.S. to embrace and accelerate innovation, and these efforts continue today as we look for ways for UAS to fly higher and farther. On a global level, it is important that industry and governments around the world, including in China, continue to work cooperatively to advance innovation,” Wynne said.
An AUVSI report on the economic impact of UAS has forecasted the industry to create more than 100,000 new jobs and more than $82 billion in economic impact within the first ten years following UAS integration into the U.S. airspace.
The World Unmanned Systems Conference is part of the China Hi-Tech Fair, which brings together more than 500,000 visitors and 3,000 exhibitors from more than 50 countries to discuss the latest technological advances across several sectors and industries.
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.