Keeping Drone Safety Front and Center

This week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) convened the second meeting of the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC). ALPA was appointed to this group, which was established last year and we continue to have an active role in helping advise the FAA on prioritized policy areas that are urgently needed to ensure that as UAS operations expand, they do not compromise the safety of our shared airspace.

During the recent meeting, I was able to bring the voice of airline pilots to the table as we discussed fundamental issues that must be addressed. Given the large volume of drones already flying, there is a sense of urgency to place more structure around drone operations. However, it is important that we resist the temptation to under-regulate or shortchange proven safety methods and processes in order to get these issues addressed quickly.

The FAA oversees the largest and most complex aviation system in the world, which is why other countries are paying close attention to how we address this safety issue. While much progress has been made concerning drone safety, there is still more work that needs to be done, and ALPA will continue those efforts in order to advance the unparalleled safety record of North American aviation.

In addition to paying attention to how we handle the emerging aspects of UAS integration, millions around the world will be watching as the United States takes center stage this weekend for the Super Bowl. The FAA took the opportunity to remind those in attendance to watch the Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots, that the game has been deemed a “No Drone Zone” and even produced a Super Bowl-inspired video for the occasion.
Categories: Advocacy, Safety