An advisory committee is currently being set up by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the issue of drones in the country, following the fact that these unmanned aerial vehicles are now becoming common, so common that they can easily be bought by anyone by simply going to any walk-in store in the vicinity, even without the need of official permission or authorization so much as a warrant.
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Hierarchy of the Committee
The advisory committee, which is poised to be headed by none other but Brian Krzanich, who happens to be the CEO for Intel, would border mainly on the use of these kinds of unmanned aircraft. Brian has been brought on board to ensure that competent hands are involved in the process of guiding the advisory committee on the integration of the activities of such unmanned aircraft as drones in the national airspace system.
It is believed that this committee that is set to be formed by the FAA could ultimately lead to the finalization of plans that this organization already had to impose rules that would be legal and binding on the commercial use and activities of drones, paving way for the widespread use of the device in various other ventures such as deliveries and any other related applications, which have been long sought after by global brands such as Amazon and Google, to mention a few.
“By late spring, we plan to finalize Part 107, our small UAS rule, which will allow for routine commercial drone operations,” said FAA administrator Michael Huerta while speaking at a drone event.
Huerta had also said earlier in January that at the end of the spring season, the rules would have already reached a finalization. There has, however, been some skepticism given that the process has always been stalled by a series of delays, one of the most prominent one being missing a Congress mandated deadline.
Setup of the Committee
For the new drone advisory committee to be set up, the members would include representatives who are coming from a wide variety of organizations who hold an interest in the drone technology, not exempting manufacturers and operators, pilots, the FAA itself, providers of application services, NASA, the Department of Defense, and representatives from manned aviation.
The new advisory committee, which would be responsible for making the rules concerning the use and operations of the drone technology, would be largely unlike the UAS registration task force, an organization that was equally set up by the FAA.
The UAS registration task force is expected to serve for a much longer time and serve nearly the same purpose as the NextGen Advisory committee that the FAA currently has on ground, according to Huerta.
Selections of people who would make the cut to come serve on the advisory committee would depend on the FAA alone.
In February of last year, it has already been leaked that the rules that would be made by the FAA would make it possible for programs such as the Amazon drone delivery to kick-start.