Remote Pilots Council
Remote Pilots Council


The AUVSI Remote Pilots Council (RPC) provides a forum for remote pilots to engage directly with one another and the FAA, with the express goals to:

  1. Provide feedback on real-world operations
  2. Better understand the FAA waiver process and offer suggestions for increased efficiency
  3. Discuss operational challenges and potential solutions from within the industry
  4. Prioritize needs for additional regulation

The RPC kicked off with a National Tour in the first quarter of 2017 through collaboration with local AUVSI Chapters. These meetings provided discussion with industry leaders from each community, as well as participation from the FAA, and helped craft our agenda for the rest of the year.


Upcoming Meetings

Remote Pilots Council (RPC) Meeting
November 13, 2017 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (UTARI), Dallas

Learn about AUVSI's training protocols initiative and lend your expertise to this critical effort for remote pilots. The meeting at UTARI will provide you with the opportunity to learn about other new activities for the RPC that are being developed as a direct result of feedback gathered during a recent "listening tour" with our members. It's also your chance to provide feedback on the Council and the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry and to learn more about how you can get involved with AUVSI.



Demo and Briefing on Drone Technology for Texas
November 14, 2017 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM; 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
800 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

AUVSI is partnering with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) to get the UAS industry in front of key policymakers. This event near the Texas Capitol complex will be an excellent opportunity to interact with state government staff and highlight the benefits and positive impact of drone technology to the economy. There will also be a complimentary demo and tabletop exhibition area to showcase your innovations/services. Space is limited; contact Chloe Svolos at for more details or to sign up. After the briefing, there will be an RPC meeting to review AUVSI's training protocols and other new activities. The RPC Meeting will take place 2pm – 4pm at the Texas Association of Broadcasters.



19th Annual Coastal Bend GIS Day
November 15, 2017
Corpus Christi

GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society. The event is also a great opportunity to present your expertise in GIS and to network with other professionals. The conference organizers are still looking for presenters; if you're interested, contact Dara Betz at

The RPC events, hosted by AUVSI Lone Star, during the 19th Annual Coastal Bend GIS Day, include:

AUVSI RPC Speaker Series: 2:00-2:45pm
Guest speaker, Tracy Lamb, AUVSI Vice President of Regulatory and Safety Affairs & Chief Pilot, will address FAA’s most current UAS regulatory and safety policies for UAS operations and utilization for both commercial and civil use to include new Certificate of Authorization (COA) eligibility and application process.

AUVSI Chapter and RPC Meeting: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Open to the public, this meeting is geared towards current or aspiring holders of Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate, with a sUAS rating, and professionals interested in commercial UAS operations.



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