The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) is teaming up with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to host the annual UAS Symposium, which will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Va., March 27-29.

"The symposium will bring together government and industry stakeholders to discuss issues pertaining to successful integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the nation’s airspace,” says FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “We must continue to work together to build upon the successful implementation of the Small UAS Rule and help frame the next steps for future collaboration on the bigger integration challenges.”

The first FAA UAS symposium was held last April in Daytona Beach, Fla. It provided a forum to broaden the dialog with industry and the public on how to safely integrate UAS into the airspace. This year’s symposium will feature discussion on a wide range of issues to help the FAA develop long-term policy on UAS integration.

“Collaboration between all stakeholders is key to advancing UAS research and allowing this technology to reach its full potential,” says Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI. “The symposium will be an opportunity to provide feedback to the FAA as it continues to advance a true, holistic plan for full UAS integration, including beyond line of sight operations, flights over people, access to higher altitudes and platforms above 55 pounds.”

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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.