Trump receptive to reducing drone regulations

On Thu, June 22, 2017, US President Trump conducted a high-profile meeting with leaders of Sprint, AT&T, Precisionhawk,  AirMap, Airspace Inc, and Kespry.  In this public forum, the focus was on how the government uses technology and policy challenges facing that industry.

Trump was in favor of reducing regulations – including drone regulations – in order to help spur business and keep US companies competitive.

Prior to this meeting, the team met with regulators at the FAA and the Dept of Transportion.  The group requested greater freedom to operate drones and continuing their push for relaxed rules that require UAVs to only be operated in specific areas, during daylight, and within a VLOS (Visual Line of Sight). 

While first indications look quite promising, we’ll see how much Trump’s administration is able to carry through on his wishes.

Read more details, along with quotes from attendees at Recode.

Trump & drones?

In our world of drones, all eyes will be on the White House tomorrow, as Trump meets with tech entrepreneurs and VC folks about emerging technologies ... drones being one of them. What will be the outcome?

CEOs from Kespry (drone manufacturer) and Precisionhawk (drone platform company) are sure to press hard for less stringent regulations. Let's face it - drones are here and here to stay.  Yet, federal agencies have been able to keep pace with the onslaught of UAVs in the marketplace. 

Aside from being the toy or gadget of choice these last few years, drones are allowing many organization to recognize significant cost-savings and efficiencies for a myriad of industries - agriculture, construction, development, movie & TV production, etc. 

One of the regulations that may become part of the conversation is the restriction known as VLOS - visual-line-of-sight - rules. Right now, UAV operators need to maintain VLOS at all times ... if not the pilot, then an assistant. Yet with today's intelligent systems, VLOS is becoming less and less of a necessity, at least with FAA 107-certified pilots. We'll see what happens!

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