USA: U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and PrecisionHawk have announced that Michael Chasen, CEO of startup drone company PrecisionHawk, will serve as chairman of its Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) to the FAA. Michael takes the reins as the committee’s second chairman; the role was previously held by Intel CEO Brian Kraznick.
Chasen will be key in leading the 35-member DAC on advising the FAA on key integration issues related to unmanned aircraft systems. Advancing public-private partnerships will be one of his primary focuses. Full details are below. If you’re interested in covering this news, I can connect you to Michael to brief you on what lies ahead in this important role to advance safe UAV integration into US airspace. If you’re interested, what times works for you?
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.
“Innovation is one of Secretary Chao’s 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 industry’s creativity while ensuring the highest level of safety,” said FAA Acting Administrator Daniel K. Elwell.