On December 20, 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a solicitation for candidates to the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC). Nomination materials are due no later than 6:00 a.m. EST on January 9, 2019. For further details about the solicitation, contact one of Stinson Leonard Street's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) attorneys.


The objective of the DAC is to provide independent advice and recommendations to the FAA relating to improving the efficiency and safety of integrating UAS into the National Airspace System. In response to FAA requests, the DAC may provide the FAA with information that may be used for tactical and strategic planning purposes. Additional details about the DAC:

  • DAC members are appointed by the Secretary of Transportation.
  • The Committee will have no more than 35 members.
  • Candidates must be in good public standing and should currently serve as a member of their organization's core senior leadership team with the ability to make UAS-related decisions.
  • Members will serve for an appointment of up to two years and will not be compensated.
  • Members must attend all DAC meetings (estimated three meetings per year).

Application Details

Applications should include the information listed below and should be emailed to FAA UAS Stakeholder and Committee Liaison Chris Harm at chris.harm@faa.gov:

  • A short biography of nominee, including professional and academic credentials.
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae, which must include relevant job experience, qualifications, as well as contact information.
  • Up to three letters of recommendation, each no longer than one page.
  • A one-page statement describing how the candidate will benefit the DAC, taking into account current membership and the candidate's unique perspective and/or experience. This statement must also identify a primary and secondary interest to which the candidate's expertise best aligns. The stakeholder groups represented on the DAC include the following:
    • Airports and Airport Communities
    • Labor (controllers, pilots)
    • Local Government
    • Navigation, Communication, Surveillance, and Air Traffic Management Capability Providers
    • Research, Development, and Academia
    • Traditional Manned Aviation Operators
    • UAS Hardware Component Manufacturers
    • UAS Manufacturers
    • UAS Operators
    • UAS Software Application Manufacturers
    • Other
  • A statement regarding any previous experience on a Federal Advisory Committee and/or Aviation Rulemaking Committee (if any), level of knowledge in the above stakeholder groups, and the size of their constituency they represent or are able to reach.