At 11:00 AM tomorrow, Wednesday, July 15, 2015, the House Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled, “Taking Flight: Small Business Utilization of Unmanned Aircraft.”  The hearing will be held in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

According to the Committee’s press release, the purpose is to examine how small businesses will use unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) for commercial purposes, recognizing that the FAA is working to integrate UAS in the national airspace system and proposed a rule to permit commercial operation of small UAS.  It also noted that the “FAA expects that small businesses will conduct the majority of commercial operations.”

Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) will give the opening statement, followed by testimony from the following witnesses:

  • Mr. Brian Wynne, President & CEO, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, Arlington, VA Mr.
  • Mike Gilkey, CEO and Director of Flight Operations, 3D Aerial Solutions LLC, Dayton, OH
  • Mr. Brian Streem, CEO/Founder, AeroCine, Brooklyn, NY
  • Dr. Tim McLain, Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Director of the Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT