Drones offer unprecedented safety and cost savings for aerial work. They are flying missions to find people in harm’s way, deliver life-saving medicines to remote areas, map farm fields to increase yields, survey construction sites and mines, and count wildlife, from whales to wildebeests. And just for fun, too: small consumer drones like the Lily Next-Gen can capture thrilling footage of people’s adventures.
Drones have even greater potential. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has spoken about tremendous value of drones in recovering from devastating storms in Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Using them in our nation’s airspace could add $80 billion to our economy, she noted. Secretary Chao is committed to advancing drone use, and to cutting the bureaucratic red tape that currently stands in its way. http://bit.ly/2zk4MlN
We are working to help make this happen. We are on the Federal Aviation Administration’s UAS Safety Team and are a member of the Consumer Technology Association’s Drone Policy Working Group to help enhance drone safety and expand public awareness about the benefits of drones. We have our own initiative, FlySafely!, tips for safe flight in the box of every drone we sell. We’ve met with elected officials to encourage a regulatory environment supportive of drone use. We’ve also worked in collaboration with the FAA and other stakeholders to develop the first-ever ANSI standard for drones: a standard for serial numbers as an aid in identifying them. http://bit.ly/2zwXYyK
The possibilities for drones are endless. The sooner they’re integrated into the national airspace the sooner we can fully realize their benefits.