House Aviation Subcommittee To Hold UAV Hearing

With media attention increasingly focused on the safety of UAVs, the House aviation subcommittee will hold a hearing this week on the status of drone integration into U.S. airspace.

The hearing will focus on the state of the emerging UAV industry in the United States, including the FAA's efforts to safely integrate unmanned drones into civil airspace, as well as unresolved legal and public policy issues, and U.S. competitiveness in the burgeoning UAV industry.

The hearing, titled "U.S. Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Integration, Oversight, and Competitiveness," is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. on December 10. Those invited to testify include Peggy Gilligan, FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, Matthew Hampton, DOT Assistant Inspector General for Aviation Audits, Capt. Lee Moak, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, and other experts.

The media has been focused on UAV safety after several reports of close calls between airliners and small unmanned craft, including close calls earlier this month at New York's JFK Airport.

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