Names of Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) committee members released by FAA

The first meeting is on the 16th of September. Intel CEO and pilot Brian Krzanich will serve as its chairman.

Speaking earlier this year, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said.

“Innovation in unmanned aircraft systems is moving at the speed of Silicon Valley. So it only makes sense that we asked a Silicon Valley leader to help us with this important step, the DAC is intended to be a long-lasting group that will essentially serve the same purpose as the FAA’s NextGen Advisory Committee,”

I wonder if Silicon Vallet really does have the right answers. Thankfully Chinese company DJI made the cut along with others working in industry, not just those working in the industry of press releases.

The NAC has helped the FAA hone in on improvements that mean the most to the industry and has helped build broad support for our overall direction. And we envision the drone advisory panel playing the same role on UAS integration, including helping us prioritise our work.”

RTCA announced the following members of the committee:

Greg Agvent, CNN;

Deborah Ale Flint, Los Angeles World Airports;

Juan Alonso, Stanford University;

Mark Baker, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association;

Jaz Banga, Airspace Technologies;

Linden Blue, General Atomics;

Robert Boyd, Riley County, Kan.;

Tim Canoll, Air Line Pilots Association;

Nancy Egan, 3DR;

Trish Gilbert, National Air Traffic Controllers Association;

Martin Gomez-Vesclir, Facebook;

Todd Graetz, BNSF Railway;

David Green, Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics;

Ryan Hartman, Insitu;

Robert Isom, American Airlines;

Gur Kimchi, Amazon Prime Air.

Also named were:

Ed Lee, San Francisco, Calif.;

Nancy Leveson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology;

Dave Mathewson, Academy of Model Aeronautics;

Nan Mattai, Rockwell Collins; Houston Mills, UPS;

Marily Mora, Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority;

Christopher Penrose, AT&T;

Steven Rush, Professional Helicopter Pilots Association;

Lillian Ryals, MITRE Corporation;

Robie Samanta Roy, Lockheed Martin;

Paola Santana, Matternet;

Ed Sayadian, Harris Corporation;

Brendan Schulman, DJI Technology;

Phil Straub, Garmin International;

Dave Vos, Google X;

Robert Young, PrecisionHawk;

Matthew Zuccaro, Helicopter Association International.