Last week, a widely-circulated Bloomberg article addressed an inevitable “bubble burst” in the drone industry.
However, at InterDrone, as part of their keynote speeches, the FAA’s deputy administrator Daniel Elwell and PrecisionHawk CEO Michael Chasen filled attendees with optimism.
With solid suggestions on how to move the fledgling industry forward, the experienced pair looked to give the industry confidence amid reports which add to apprehension and how ten high-profile drone startups have closed over the past decade.
Chasen kicked off the packed keynote by placing responsibility on the private industry for moving the drone industry in the right direction.
He said: “We need to understand what is going on today and what needs to happen for that next big step forward. Our job is to figure out what they’re going to want before they know they want it.”
As head of the FAA’s Advisory Committee, he said Remote ID, BVLOS, Counter UAV programs, Waiver processes and Public – Private partnerships as the five major areas the organisation must address.
Elwell followed up with talks about integration. He said that he and FAA Administrator Steve Dickson want drones to operate safely alongside manned aircraft.
He commented: “We are UAS integration advocates. We do not want to segregate drones, we want to integrate drones into our airspace. We are making progress toward full integration of drones. The idea is to crawl, walk and run, but we are doing so rapidly.”