Drone service company DroneUp has been selected to join the FAA’s Aviation Rulemaking Committee to advance the rules for out-of-sight flights, the FAA BVLOS ARC.
The BVLOS ARC was announced earlier this month during the FAA and AUVSI UAV symposium. The government and industry consortium will provide insights and recommendations to the FAA over the next six months.
DroneUp’s selection for the ARC follows last week’s announcement that retail giant Walmart has invested in DroneUp to advance its drone delivery program. Walmart will be a major player in the drone ecosystem as they implement retail drone delivery on a large scale. “DroneUp uses its expertise in UAS technology and logistics and will support ARC in defining performance-based regulatory requirements in order to standardize safe, affordable and sustainable BVLOS drone operations on a large scale,” states a press release from DroneUp.
John Vernon, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of DroneUp, will represent DroneUp in the ARC. “DroneUp is honored to assist regulators with BVLOS recommendations that will work in conjunction with Remote ID and waivers,” said John Vernon, CTO of DroneUp All Industries. “
“BVLOS will enable commercially viable retail delivery and is critical to the expansion of fully autonomous drone flights,” said Carl Smit, DroneUp’s chief strategy officer. “We believe that the collaboration of UAS industry leaders will help the FAA pave the way for advanced flight services for drones. We feel honored and look forward to reinventing the future with the ARC. “
“The existing FAA regulatory framework needs to be changed to better support the long-term viability and sustainability of this evolving aerospace sector,” the FAA’s ARC charter states. “However, these are challenges that the entire UAS community must face together, because they have an impact not only on security, but also on security and society as a whole.”