Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and a member of the task force, has expressed approval of the recommendations by the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration Task Force to the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
“AUVSI is encouraged by the work of the UAS registration task force and its recommendations to the FAA,” Wynne says. “This collaborative effort is an important step towards developing an efficient process for UAS registration that should lead to increased accountability across the entire aviation community.”
He says the work of the task force is also an important example of how government and the UAS industry should come together on complex issues involving UAS, including beyond visual line of sight operations and traffic management.
“While the FAA plans to move quickly to consider the task force’s recommendations and create a registration system, the FAA should continue its work to integrate UAS into the national airspace and finalize the small UAS rule,” Wynne says. “Putting the rule in place will provide the necessary tools and training to create a culture of safety that will help deter careless and reckless behavior.”
Acknowledging that the FAA’s small UAS rulemaking has yet to be finalized despite its September deadline, he says the industry cannot afford to continue waiting.
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.