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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 23, 2017 Contact: Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org , (571) 255-7786 AUVSI's Brian Wynne Named to RTCA Drone Advisory Committee Interactive analysis of more than 300 waivers granted to Part 107 finds nighttime operations most common request ARLINGTON, ...

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 12, 2016 Contact: Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org , (571) 255-7786 AUVSI Foundation, White House Release Report on Drone Workshop Proceedings ARLINGTON, Va . The AUVSI Foundation today released a report on the proceedings of the recent Workshop on Drones ...

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 1, 2016 Contact: Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org , (571) 255-7786 AUVSI's Brian Wynne Named to RTCA Drone Advisory Committee ARLINGTON, Va. – Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), today ...

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 29, 2016 Contact: Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org , (571) 255-7786 Commercial UAS Cleared for Takeoff New FAA rule allows more businesses and innovators to fly, unlocks economic benefits Washington – With regulations governing civil and commercial ...

  • AUVSI President and CEO Brian Wynne to Speak at Virginia’s First-Ever Commonwealth Cyber Physical Summit Gov. McAuliffe to host gathering of premier cyber-physical professionals Sept. 20 to 22 in Newport News ARLINGTON, Va. — Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned ...

  • AUVSI Foundation, White House Collaborate on UAS Policy Workshop ARLINGTON, Va. – The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the AUVSI Foundation this week co-hosted the “Workshop on Drones and the Future of Aviation.” The workshop brought together leaders from industry, ...

  • States and AUVSI Partner to Transform the National Economy with Unmanned Aircraft Systems ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 21, 2016 – The Aerospace States Association (ASA), an association of state Lieutenant Governors, and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the ...

  • ARLINGTON, Va. – Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), today issued the following statement on the passage of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization extension by both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. ...

  • Measure will pave the way for expanded operations, full UAS integration ARLINGTON, Va . – Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), today issued the following statement on the proposed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization ...

  • ARLINGTON, Va. – Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), today issued the following statement on the release of the small UAS rule by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). “Today’s release of the final small UAS rule by the ...

  • Intellectual property experts to educate businesses on patent litigation WASHINGTON — Floyd Chapman and Brian Pandya, intellectual property litigation partners at Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, will discuss unmanned aircraft systems patent infringement during a webinar hosted by the Association ...

  • Industry supports collaborative effort to promote safe and responsible UAS use ARLINGTON, Va. – Brian Wynne, president & CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), today issued the following statement on the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s ...

  • Industry-government efforts to detect UAS near airports will enhance safety ARLINGTON, Va. – Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), issued the following statement on the FAA’s Pathfinder Initiative Cooperative Research and ...

  • New advisory committee will work towards UAS integration New Orleans, La. — Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), today issued the following statement regarding the announcement by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL ...

  • ARLINGTON, Va. – Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), today issued the following statement on the passage of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill (S. 2658) by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 95-3. “Today’s ...

  • New AUVSI interactive analysis of more than 3,000 FAA exemptions finds almost 40 types of different uses approved; waivers granted in all 50 states and Puerto Rico ARLINGTON, Va. — The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) today released an interactive analysis that ...

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  • ARLINGTON, Va. —Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), today issued the following statement on the Federal Aviation Administration’s announcement to expand registration for small UAS to include commercial, public and other non-model aircraft ...

  • ARLINGTON, Va. – Today, Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), released the following statement on the FAA’s decision to raise the operating altitude for the blanket Certificates of Authorization (COA) provided to Section 333 exemption ...

  • ARLINGTON, Va. – Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), today issued the following statement on the passage of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill (S. 2658) by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and ...

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  • Small businesses are the majority of companies receiving FAA exemptions ARLINGTON, Va. — In testimony that will be delivered today before the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, AUVSI President and CEO Brian Wynne described the benefits that unmanned aircraft systems are ...

  • ARLINGTON, Va. – Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), today issued the following statement on the introduction of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016. The legislation was introduced by Chairman John ...

  • For Immediate Release: Feb. 10, 2016 Contact: Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org , (571) 255-7786 ARLINGTON, Va. – Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), today issued the following statement on H.R. 4489, the FAA Leadership ...

  • For Immediate Release: Feb. 3, 2016 Contact: Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786 (571) 255-7786 ARLINGTON, Va. – Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), today issued the following statement on the ...

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  • For Immediate Release: Feb.1, 2016 Contact: Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786 ARLINGTON, Va. – As Congress is expected to turn its attention this week to Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International is underscoring ...

  • For Immediate Release: Dec. 17, 2015 Contact: Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786 ARLINGTON, Va. — Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), today issued the following statement on the Federal Aviation Administration’s ...

  • For Immediate Release: Dec. 14, 2015 Contact: Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786 ARLINGTON, Va. — Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), today issued the following statement on the Federal Aviation Administration’s ...

  • For Immediate Release: Nov. 23, 2015 Contact: Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786 ARLINGTON, Va. —Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and a member of the task force, today issued the following statement on ...

  • From Nov. 8-10, AUVSI will be supporting the American Association of Airport Executives’ UAS Issues and Integration Conference in Las Vegas. According to AAAE, the “conference will serve as an aviation industry forum to bring together airport executives, UAS test site representatives, ...

  • by AUVSI Advocacy According to the Department of Transportation, the recently announced UAS registration task force will “develop recommendations to streamline the registration process for UAS to ease the burden associated with the existing aircraft registration process.” Since the Federal ...

  • by AUVSI Advocacy Rhode Island lawmakers have established a special commission to study and recommend potential laws, rules or regulations for operating unmanned aircraft systems in the state. The Special Legislative Commission to Study and Review Regulation of Drones and Unmanned Aerial ...

  • For Immediate Release – Sept. 30, 2015 Contact: Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org , (571) 255-7786 Broad array of UAS stakeholders advocate for regulatory framework as congressionally mandated deadline passes ARLINGTON, Va. – The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International ...

  • by Chloe Svolos Last Thursday, AUVSI hosted their annual Hill Day event on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. AUVSI members held 47 different meetings to educate congressional representatives and staff on the state of the unmanned systems industry and advocate for legislative action that ...

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 10, 2015 Contact: Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786 Arlington, Va. – Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), today released the following statement on California Governor Jerry Brown’s ...

  • Tweet FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 2, 2015 Contact: Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786 ARLINGTON, Va. — Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), today congratulated Marke “Hoot” Gibson and Earl Lawrence ...

  • In a keynote speech at the Ohio Unmanned Aircraft System conference in Dayton, Ohio, Brian Wynne called for more regulation of UAS. Until the FAA finalizes its long awaited small UAS rules, there is much uncertainty about where operators should and should not fly and for what purpose. ...

  • SB 142, introduced by Sen. Jackson passed the General Assembly 56-13 on 24 August and the Senate 21-12 on 27 August. SB 142 would effectively create a no-fly zone for unmanned aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems of 350 feet over private property in California. The protected zone would ...

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Tom McMahon, (571) 255-7786 or tmcmahon@auvsi.org Arlington, VA, August 27, 2015 – The following statement is attributed to Brian Wynne, president and CEO, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), and Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, ...

  • ARLINGTON, Va. — Brian Wynne, president & CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), today released the following statement on the passage of SB 142 in the California Assembly. The legislation would restrict UAS from flying below 350 feet over private property. “AUVSI ...

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  • “Nothing has a higher priority” than small UAS rules, FAA’s Whitaker tells Oregon roundtable In Oregon, the unmanned aircraft industry is “on the runway” and “poised to soar,” according to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden. The state’s senior senator recently hosted a UAS roundtable meeting in Portland ...

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Aug. 17, 2015 Contact: Tom McMahon, 571-255-7786 or tmcmahon@auvsi.org Virginia commission to advance robotic technologies in the air, ground and sea includes eight representatives from AUVSI membership ARLINGTON, Va. — Brian Wynne, president and CEO ...

  • Small UAS rules, stricter enforcement and more education needed to ensure safety ARLINGTON, VA –Brian Wynne, president & CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), today released the following statement in response to new FAA data that reveals ...

  • On July 14, AUVSI attended and spoke before the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) conference in Houston, TX. Mario Mairena, Senior Government Relations Manager, attended the Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations (SUAS) course. The course is designed to provide attendees with a review ...

  • ARLINGTON, Va. — In prepared testimony for the House Small Business Committee, AUVSI President and CEO Brian Wynne today emphasized the impact that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) can have on small businesses and encouraged integration of these systems into the National Airspace System. Wynne also called ...

  • The House Unmanned Systems Caucus is hosting a panel discussion on the commercial applications of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The event is set for July 23, 2015, from 12:00-2:00 p.m. in the Gold Room, located at 2168 Rayburn House Office Building. AUVSI will moderate the discussion and feature ...

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  • SB 142, introduced by Sen. Jackson would effectively create a no-fly zone for unmanned aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems of 350 feet over private property in California. The protected zone would extend from the ground up and into the airspace above the property, to an elevation of 350 feet above ...

  • Gov. Rauner of Illinois will soon be creating an “Unmanned Aerial System Oversight Task Force”, with 22 set-aside seats for representatives from different groups for the purpose of providing guidance into the safe operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and input and oversight in creating comprehensive ...

  • Recently, the Georgia Building Authority passed a new resolution which bans "unmanned aircraft systems" within five miles of a heliport located atop a parking garage near the state Capitol building in downtown Atlanta. This new resolution has a radius that covers parts of two state university campuses, ...

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  • On 5 May the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) issued a Federal Register notice requesting comments on proposed revisions to Category XII of the U.S. Munitions List (USML) via amendments to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) aimed at restricting light detection and ranging. ...

  • On 24 June, AUVSI participated in the first of several planned Google UAS Airspace seminars. The seminar brought together industry leaders, key regulators and third-party end users for a discussion on low-altitude airspace management for UAS. The seminar featured Dave Vos, project lead for Google’s ...

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  • For Immediate Release – June 26, 2015 Contact: Tom McMahon, (571) 255-7786 or tmcmahon@auvsi.org Arlington, VA – The following statement is by Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), on two pieces of legislation introduced ...