A Partnership for Safety & Innovation with McGuireWoods Consulting , Amazon Prime Air , Wing , Intel , Kespry , PrecisionHawk , Verizon , Airmap , T-Mobile , AGI , Flirtey , DRONEcourse , Percepto , Aeronyde , Yamaha , Loveland Innovations , Airspace Link .
The Small UAV Coalition is a partnership of leading consumer and technology companies who believe that U.S. leadership in the research, development, production, and application of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will benefit consumers in all walks of life. The Department of Transportation’s economic report regarding UAS innovation suggests there are hundreds of use cases for such technology. As a group, we support and advocate for a range of law and policy changes that will not only embrace, but encourage, the growth of the UAV industry. These include measures to:
Permit the operation of small UAVs beyond visual line-of-sight.
Support the development of infrastructure to safely manage the widespread use of low-altitude airspace.
Enable broader UAS access to commercial mobile services and unlicensed spectrum vital to the safe and widespread integration of UAS.
Embrace the carriage and delivery potential of UAV technology in a wide array of capacities, ranging from humanitarian aid to commercial operations.
We believe that in order to realize the vast economic potential and consumer benefits possible through the integration of UAVs around the country, our government must implement thoughtful regulations that reflect and anticipate the rapid growth of the industry. Ultimately, these policies must enable, rather than hinder, its progress. As a Coalition, we are working to resolve existing policy and regulatory barriers that inhibit small UAV development, sales, job creation, and services. Under a new and forward-thinking regulatory framework, these facets of the UAV industry have the potential to revolutionize our economy and benefit consumers across the United States and around the globe.
Why we joined: Airspace Link provides UAV solutions for federal agencies (e.g. FAA), state & local governments and drone oriented businesses, all while keeping citizen-voice at the forefront during regulation and ordinance creation processes. While Airspace Link may not agree on every approach and issue, we strongly support the mission of the UAV Coalition.
The Coalition is advocating for risk-based regulations which will allow for the safe and expedited integration of small UAVs into the national air space (NAS). The Small UAV Coalition is working with policymakers and regulators to achieve these objectives, ultimately allowing for the safe commercial operation of small UAVs in the foreseeable future.
Public Interest Concerns: Perceived safety, privacy, nuisance, and other public interest concerns could derail or delay the work of the Coalition. Legislators and regulators often react unpredictably to new technologies and, all too often, choose political expediency over sound policy. The Coalition works to educate lawmakers, regulators, and public interest groups that safety is always of utmost concern, and that UAS operators and users will respect reasonable expectations of privacy. Finally, the Coalition was an active participant in the NTIA multi-stakeholder process on privacy and expects to continue its work to ensure consumers’ privacy.
Roles and Responsibilities of Federal, State and Local Governments: The Coalition advocates for a ...