WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House Aviation Subcommittee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), will hold a hearing this week on the status of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) integration into U.S. airspace and the development of the RPA industry.
While the United States has the technology and practical expertise to be the global leader in this industry, many complex policy issues remain to be addressed, committee officials note. Moreover, there are growing signs that governments and entrepreneurs outside of the United States are making significant strides in this growing industry.
The hearing, slated for 10 a.m. on Dec. 10, will focus on the state of the emerging RPA industry in the United States, including the FAA’s ongoing efforts to safely integrate unmanned devices into the airspace, unresolved legal and public policy issues, and U.S. competitiveness.
Witnesses expected to testify at the hearing include:
- Peggy Gilligan, FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety;
- Matthew Hampton, Assistant Inspector General for Aviation Audits, Department of Transportation;
- Dr. Gerald Dillingham, Director of Civil Aviation Issues, Government Accountability Office;
- Captain Lee Moak, President, Air Line Pilots Association;
- Jesse Kallman, Head of Business Development and Regulatory Affairs, Airware.
More information about the hearing, including testimony, additional background information, and live webcast, will be posted here