On April 19-20, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) hosted a UAS Symposium in conjunction with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
The purpose of the event was to be 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.
This Symposium boasted 567 participants and featured keynote speeches by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker.
Huerta’s opening keynote was inspiring and set the tone for the event saying that all of the FAA speakers were there to:
- To explain.
- To listen.
- To engage.
Overall, I’m glad I made the trip down to Daytona Beach for the symposium. With so many rumors and different industry stakeholder positions regarding sUAS regulations, it was good to hear directly from the FAA as to where their head is at when it comes to UAS integration.
Alan has written a thoughtful report with nine bullets providing additional insight into issues like PIC, proficiency and enforcement that I have not seen addressed in any other write-ups. Apparently the FAA will be publishing their own report which no doubt will be even more exhaustive.