US Department of Transportation appoints new members to the Drone Advisory Committee
US Department of Transportation secretary Elaine L. Chao has announced new appointments to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) on January 5. “The Drone Advisory Committee is key to helping the FAA keep pace with innovation while protecting safety,” Chao said.
Members are executives who represent a variety of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) interests, including industry, research, academia, retail, technology, and state and local government.
The DAC is a broad-based, long-term federal advisory committee that provides the FAA advice on key UAS integration issues by helping to identify challenges and prioritise improvements. The committee helps to create a broad strategy for the safe integration of UAS into the National Airspace System.
“As the UAS industry continues to evolve, it is important to have DAC members who mirror the many facets of this fast-growing industry. We know the members will help the FAA ensure the highest level of safety while keeping pace with the new and innovative technology for UAS,” said FAA administrator Steve Dickson.
The DAC is chartered to have up to 35 members and the announcement will fill 12 vacancies. The new members will serve a two-year term and join DAC Chairman Michael Chasen, chairman of the Advisory Board for PrecisionHawk USA, Inc.
The new members are Seleta Reynolds, general manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Dr. Paul Hsu, founder and chair, HSU Foundation, Matt Parker, president, Precision Integrated Programs, Molly Wilkinson, vice president, Regulatory Affairs, American Airlines, Brad Hayden, founder and chief executive officer, Robotic Skies, David Carbon, vice president and general manager, Amazon Prime Air, Adam Bry, co-founder and chief executive officer, Skydio, Kenji Sugahara, president and chief executive officer, Drone Service Providers Alliance, Brandon Torres Declet, chief executive officer and co-founder, MEASURE, Dr. Jaiwon Shin, executive vice president, Head of UAM Division and chief executive officer, Genesis Air Mobility, Dr. Catherine Cahill, director, Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration and Vic Moss, owner, Moss Photography.