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Press Release - New Members Appointed to the Drone Advisory Committee

WASHINGTON U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today formally announced new appointments to the Federal Aviation Administrations (FAA) Drone Advisory Committee (DAC).

The DAC is a broad-based, long-term federal advisory committee that provides the FAA advice on key unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) integration issues by helping to identify challenges and prioritize improvements. The committee helps to create broad support for an overall integration strategy and vision.

Members of the DAC are executives who represent a variety of UAS interests, including industry, research, academia, retail, technology and state and local government. Secretary Chao named Michael Chasen, chief executive officer for PrecisionHawk USA Inc., as chair of the DAC.

Innovation is one of Secretary Chaos top priorities for the Department of Transportation. Michael and the DAC will help guide the FAA to build flexible, responsive regulatory processes that can keep up with the industrys creativity while ensuring the highest level of safety, said FAA Acting Administrator Daniel K. Elwell.

The DAC is chartered to have up to 35 members and todays announcement will fill 12 vacancies. The new members in addition to Michael Chasen are listed below:

  • Thomas Karol, General Counsel, National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies
  • David Silver, Vice President for Civil Aviation, Aerospace Industries Association
  • Joseph DePete, President, Air Line Pilots Association
  • Bob Brock, Director of Aviation and Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Kansas Department of Transportation
  • Mark Colborn, Senior Corporal, Dallas Police Department
  • Michael Leo, Captain, New York City Fire Department
  • Steve Ucci, Senior Deputy Majority Leader, Rhode Island State Assembly
  • Mariah Scott, President, Skyward
  • Lorne Cass, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, American Airlines
  • Michael Sinnett, Vice President, Product Development and Strategy, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • Chris Anderson, Chief Executive officer, 3DR
  • Peter Cleveland, Vice President of Law and Policy group, Intel Corporation
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