FAA Announces Plans to Appoint Senior Adviser to Handle Drone Inquiries
In the wake of numerous scares, the Federal Aviation Administration has announced a major step in the pursuit of unmanned drone regulation. On Wednesday, the agency said that it will appoint a senior adviser to assist in prioritizing the issue and ultimately achieving successful integration.
According to David Morgan of Reuters, FAA administrator Michael Huerta said that the goal of the new position is to generate "more resources" to assign to the issue of drone integration in order to "elevate its profile within the agency."
The position is also designed to allow the safety regulators from the FAA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems integration office to zero in on crafting new regulations for commercial drone use rather than being forced to deal with what Huerta referred to as an "absolute crush" of queries from the private sector.
The new senior adviser will coordinate with the public, members of Congress and those within the aviation industry and report back to FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker.
"It's almost an external focus on how we can ensure that we're being responsive to industry and the global community, while at the same time actually getting the work done that's getting things into the air space system," said Huerta during an aviation forum in Washington, D.C.
With unmanned commercial drone use becoming more and more prevalent of late, there have been an increased number of reports of commercial jetliners encountering them in their flight paths above U.S. airports.
Just last week a flight bound for New York's LaGuardia Airport experienced a near miss with a commercial drone.
The growing concern has prompted government officials like New York senator Chuck Schumer to speak out on the issue and demand federal action.
Despite the uproar, the FAA doesn't expect to have finalized drone regulations in place until early 2017.
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