FAA UAS Symposium Cake Eater Questionnaire Crib Sheet

I’m not insinuating that any one person should shoulder the whole burden. Maybe a group of concerned citizens can divvy up the list or cherry pick one or two questions that they are also concerned about. I’ll leave a note section at the bottom so you can print this out as a one-pager, take notes, and report back. My fellow cake eaters and I thank you in advance for asking the questions we ourselves cannot afford to ask.

  1. What happened to the 2015 Congressional NAS integration mandate?
  2. How much is full NAS integration going to cost the taxpayer?
  3. New regulation for the hobbyist, what does it cost, how is it administered, what about expiration/currency?
  4. Any ideas why the education instead of enforcement program hasn’t worked?
  5. If it is all about education and not enforcement, why is the gate fee to this event so high?
  6. Who on stage (including FAA) holds a current UAS Certificate?
  7. Where is the repository for all of the collected COA, 333, test site, and UAS IPP data stored?
  8. Is the collected data catalogued in a format that is accessible for academics and scientists to study and analyze?
  9. What other types of data does the FAA believe it needs?
  10. What is the plan and timeline to collect the new data?
  11. Standards work. How many of the drone standards (ASTM, RTCA, ASE, etc) have the FAA adopted?
  12. When can we expect the UTM (currently at TCL 4) to be up and running?
  13. How much will UTM cost, and who is paying for the rollout?
  14. Is the ID and Tracking scheme going to be certified?
  15. When will ID and Tracking be up and running?
  16. How soon will be flying BLVOS (not EVLOS with a VO) and over people?
  17. Did the FAA hand over U.S. critical infrastructure data to Dà-Jiāng Innovations after being accepted as a LAANC USS?
  18. Were Dà-Jiāng Innovations vetted for possible security issues and direct investment from the PRC prior to the data transfer?
  19. What does the FAA attribute the low number of reoccurring sUAS test takers to?

Bonus question –

20. Who came up with Buzzy the Drone, and how much did it cost the taxpayer?

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Patrick Egan
Editor in Field, sUAS News Americas Desk | Patrick Egan is the editor of the Americas Desk at sUAS News and host and Executive Producer of the sUAS News Podcast Series, Drone TV and the Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition. Experience in the field includes assignments with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Battle Lab investigating solutions on future warfare research projects. Instructor for LTA (Lighter Than Air) ISR systems deployment teams for an OSD, U.S. Special Operations Command, Special Surveillance Project. Built and operated commercial RPA prior to 2007 FAA policy clarification. On the airspace integration side, he serves as director of special programs for the RCAPA (Remote Control Aerial Photography Association).