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AUVSI's Remote Pilots Council launched
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has launched a new initiative called the Remote Pilots Council (RPC), the association announced on 23 January.
The initiative aims to promote education and dialogue between commercial UAS operators, industry leaders and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The new council of AUVSI members will discuss opportunities and challenges to ensure safe and responsible use of UAS in the National Airspace System (NAS).
The Small UAS Rule, also known as Part 107, came into effect in August 2016. It allows anyone who follows the rules to fly, which is increasing the use of UAS for civil and commercial operations. Among the regulatory requirements, commercial UAS operators must obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate by passing an aeronautical knowledge test, and the certificate must be renewed every two years.
Brian Wynne, president and CEO, AUVSI, said: 'The RPC’s immediate goals are to bring AUVSI members together to provide feedback on real-world UAS operations, including clarifying and offering suggestions for greater efficiency in the FAA waiver process. Going forward, the RPC will identify and discuss operational challenges and potential solutions in UAS regulation as the FAA moves towards the full integration of UAS into the NAS.'
Jonathan Downey, of the AUVSI board of directors, added: 'Enterprises are no longer just testing and talking about drones, they are deploying them. They are looking for ways to improve operational efficiency, increase worker safety, and drive business outcomes.
'AUVSI’s RPC is a great example of our industry coming together in support of scaling commercial operations. We are excited about the RPC because a network of informed, experienced, and safe drone pilots is an important part of helping enterprise customers scale their operations and see the full value of this powerful technology.'
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