The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) is joining the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Task Force to develop a streamlined registration process for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

The task force will be composed of 25-30 diverse representatives from the UAS and manned aviation industries, the federal government and other stakeholders.  The group will advise the federal Department of Transportation (DOT) on which aircraft should be exempt from registration due to a low safety risk, including toys and certain other small UAS. The task force also will explore options for a streamlined system that would make registration less burdensome for commercial UAS operators.

AUVSI is welcoming the opportunity to join the DOT task force of government and industry stakeholders. “This collaborative effort to develop an efficient process for UAS registration should lead to increased accountability across the entire aviation community,” says Brian Wynne, the association's president and CEO.

Under the Federal Aviation Administration’s proposed small UAS rules released earlier this year, commercial operators would be required to register their platforms. Wynne says extending the requirement to other UAS users will help promote responsibility and safety. “In addition to UAS registration, it is essential for the FAA to finalize its small UAS rules as quickly as possible,” Wynne says. “Once this happens, we will have an established framework for UAS operations, allowing anyone who follows the rules to fly. Considering that safety is at stake, time is of the essence to finalize the rules.”

About AUVSI

The world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics, AUVSI represents more than 7,500 members from 60-plus allied countries involved in the fields of government, industry and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets.