FAA adds two more webinars on new pilot program

November 20, 2017  - By
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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is hosting two more webinars to discuss its Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program.

Each webinar provides an overview of the program, the application process, and the specific criteria and deadlines that companies and research groups will be required to meet. Registration is required; only register for one session as they cover the same content.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 21, 12–1:15 p.m. EST
  • Monday, Nov. 27, 12–1:15 p.m. EST

The pilot program was launched Nov. 2 to foster innovation and advances the integration of UAS into United States’ airspace to ensure U.S. global leadership in the emerging UAS industry.

“There’s already been tremendous interest in the program and more than 4300 people registered to attend our online webinars to learn how they can participate,” the FAA UAS Integration Office said in a statement. “It’s facilitating partnerships between state, local, and tribal government entities and private industry to gather operational and other data from advanced operational concepts, such as flights over people and package delivery. The results from the program will help to inform the development of future enabling regulations that will expand safe UAS operations and help to transition many of the new and novel operational concepts that we manage today by exception into routine, commonplace aspects of our everyday lives.”

Details about applying, timelines, and requirements are at FAA.gov/Go/DronePilot. Those interested can also subscribe to receive email updates from the FAA’s UAS webpage.

About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.