MichaelHuerta_590wideMichael Huerta announced the formation of an advisory committee during his remarks at AUVSI (XPONENTIAL.) There will be about 30 leaders from throughout the aviation and unmanned systems industries who will work with FAA officials to prioritize policy and research integration issues and to help build broad industry support for the agency’s efforts.

Huerta said that the CEO of the Santa Clara, California-based technology company Intel Corp., Brian Krzanich, has agreed to lead the new advisory committee. “Brian has a deep personal interest in unmanned flight and a passion for it,” Huerta said. “He is a pilot and understands the breadth and variety of users in the airspace.”

Huerta added that the new drone panel would play a role similar to the Next Gen Advisory Committee that for five years has guided the agency’s work in implementing the new U.S. air traffic control system.

“Industry has been clear that it wants more engagement, not less, and this advisory committee will help institutionalize that,” the FAA chief said. “Input from stakeholders is critical to our ability to achieve that perfect balance between integration and safety.”

This is a win all around and a nice feather in the cap for Huerta.
One would hope that Krzanich will be able to recruit some fellow execs to add some dimension to the ideas being presented to the FAA. Such a group’s marketing expertise could go a long way to helping the FAA burnish their image with both the drone business community and the public at large.

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