We are excited to share that AMA has been appointed to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Drone Advisory Committee (DAC). Dave Mathewson, AMA executive director, will represent the AMA as he joins a small group of executive level stakeholders from across the aviation industry to discuss UAS integration into our nation’s airspace. Together, we will work to set the path forward for further UAS integration, while at the same time maintaining the safety of our skies for all.
The FAA’s DAC is a broad-based, high-level advisory committee/team facilitated by the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) that will provide the FAA with advice on key UAS integration issues by helping to identify challenges and prioritize improvements.
AMA members have a strong safety record due to our well-established safety guidelines and educational programs. AMA’s participation in the DAC reflects the progress made in our outreach and advocacy programs over the past eight years, and appointment to this high-level committee demonstrates AMA’s respected role in the UAS and aviation industry overall.
AMA’s government affairs team and advocacy efforts lead by Rich Hanson have raised the AMA’s profile in the aviation community and the emerging unmanned aircraft industry. Top level involvement in the regulatory and legislative process has assured the aeromodeling community has a voice in the development of new laws, regulations and policies that impact our hobby. Congratulations and a job well done go out to Rich Hanson and the entire government affairs team.
We look forward to sharing more about AMA, our programs and experience during the upcoming DAC meetings, which are scheduled to begin September 16.