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Drone group AUVSI snags a spot on FAA’s Management Advisory Council

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the new members on the Federal Aviation Administration’s Management Advisory Council, and AUVSI CEO Brian Wynne has a spot in the group.

Chao today announced the appointment of seven new members to the 13-member Management Advisory Council. Other new additions include representatives from Pinnacle Airlines and American Airlines. Among the new members is Richard DeVos, President of private equity investment firm Windquest Group and husband of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

They join incumbent members including representatives from the U.S. Air Force, National Air Traffic Controllers Association and SpaceX. Wynne will serve a three-year term.

The council is intended to advice the FAA’s senior management on policy, spending, long-range planning, and regulatory matters. The group was established by Congress under the Federal Aviation Reauthorization Act of 1996 as a means of providing “practical insights which those individuals who work in the private sector can give to the Administrator and the Secretary.”

And this is the first time that AUVSI has been involved in the group, a clear indication that the FAA is taking drones just as seriously as manned aircraft.

“These new members bring extensive experience and over a century of combined expertise in the operation, business, and policy of aviation that will be invaluable to improving the FAA,” said Secretary Chao in a prepared statement.  “Each individual is a widely respected leader in their field and brings an established record of achievement that will help ensure our airspace remains one of the safest and most efficient in the world.”

Wynne also was appointed to the FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee in late 2016., and AUVSI has a spot in numerous FAA Aviation Rulemaking Committees, including those for remote identification standards for UAS and the UAS registration task force.

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