The FAA has just announced that it will be jointly holding an extremely significant UAS Symposium with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University on April 19-20, 2016. A large number of prominent FAA personnel, including FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker, will be in attendance. The FAA is billing this meeting as “a forum for the UAS industry and stakeholder community to provide input and feedback directly to FAA decision-makers on topics related to UAS Integration.”

The two-day program will cover all of the issues critical to the advancement of the industry. This includes a discussion on UAS certification issues with the director of the Aircraft Certification office, developments in low altitude airspace management, airport issues, and what the FAA sees as the key research challenges. There will also be sessions dealing with federal pre-emption and the authority of the states to regulate UAS activities.

In addition to Administrator Huerta, presentations will be made by a wide range of FAA personnel, including:

  • Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Marke “Hoot” Gibson
  • Earl Lawrence, Director, FAA UAS Integration Office
  • John Duncan, Director, FAA Flight Standards Service
  • Dorenda Baker, Director, FAA Aircraft Certification
  • Jim Eck, FAA Assistant Administrator for NextGen
  • Reggie Govan, FAA Chief Counsel
  • Victoria Wei, Director, FAA Airport Planning and Programming

While the event will be open to the general public, the FAA notes that space will be limited. Given the importance of the issues that are going to be discussed, and the ability to have direct access to the FAA, all stakeholders should give serious consideration to attending and being represented at this event. Hope to see you there!

Persons interested can find out more at this LINK.