- May 24, 2019
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I attended the annual Pennsylvania Aviation Conference last week in Pittsburgh, PA, which included representatives from PA airports, the FAA, lawmakers, law enforcement, industry, and drone advocacy groups from across the state and nation. Although the primary focus of the conference was airport operations, there were 7 of 28 breakout sessions during the three-day conference that dealt with drones. These included the following:
- Changes in the Aviation Insurance Market, Including UAS,
- The Future of National Airspace, (UAS) Remote ID & UTM,
- Integration/Mitigation of UAS at Airports - Detection & Intervention Update,
- UAS Operation After Recent State & Federal Legislation,
- R&D in the UAS Industry - The Latest in PA,
- Increased Demand for UAS in Commercial Industries, and
- UAS Safety via Industry Standards & Training.
- The FAA is serious about integrating drones into the USA airspace system for all users, and
- The FAA and airport operators are most concerned about mitigating the "clueless, careless and criminal" (my favorite quote from the conference) drone use around airports, and it is these folks who are driving new restrictions and laws. The airport operators and regulators are not concerned about Part 107 commercial operators who tend to follow the rules.