CDA logoLisa Ellman and Gretchen West, two drone industry veterans with a combined 20 years in government policymaking and unmanned aircraft systems advocacy, today announce the formation and official launch of the Commercial Drone Alliance (The Alliance). This industry-led, independent and non-profit association is dedicated to supporting enterprise end-users interested in adopting drone technology and enabling commercial
market growth.

The Alliance will focus on educating lawmakers on the benefits of commercial drones, changing the conversation about the technology to shape positive public perception, overcoming public policy hurdles that suppress growth, highlighting value propositions for end users, coordinating consensus-based standards development, and drafting policy based on technology and innovation.

Founding Alliance board members include Cisco, AirMap, Lift, DataWing and Measure. Additional members include CNN, Aerialtronics, Nightingale Intelligent Systems, Skyspecs and Talon Aerolytics. The growing Alliance membership will include end users, manufacturers, insurance providers, investors, service providers and relevant associations who have all demonstrated a passion and commitment for growing the commercial drone industry in a way that promotes safety and security.

Congratulations ladies. The industry has gained a new and potentially powerful voice. Both Lisa and Gretchen have been strong advocates and written frequently on industry issues.
The type of broad benefit focused advocacy described here in the press release, combined with their legal acumen as members of the Hogan Lovells UAS Group, can play an important role as drones make the transition from Christmas curiosities to mainstream business tools.
UPDATE nice follow-up story in Fortune with more about the founding sponsors.

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