The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has announced that Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael P. Huerta will address the annual FAA UAS Symposium. The event will also feature panel discussions with other high-ranking government officials and industry executives who are working on public policy to further the deployment of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The multi-day symposium, co-hosted by the FAA and AUVSI, will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Va., March 27-29. 

"We are pleased to welcome Administrator Huerta and other distinguished officials to the UAS Symposium. Their participation ensures that key stakeholders from both government and industry will come together to discuss the challenges and opportunities regarding UAS,” says Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI. “These conversations are vital as we continue to advance a true, holistic plan for full UAS integration into the airspace, including beyond line of sight operations, flights over people, access to higher altitudes and system platforms above 55 pounds.”

The first FAA UAS symposium was held April 2016 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. Breakout sessions will focus on a variety of issues, including UAS security challenges, setting R&D priorities, UAS traffic management and expanded operations.

About AUVSI

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.