Elaine Chao, US secretary of transportation, has appointed Michael Chasen, CEO of PrecisionHawk, the lead the FAA’s drone advisory committee.
As chairman, he will lead the DAC in advising the FAA on key integration issues relative to unmanned aircraft systems.
Chasen becomes the second chairman of the committee and he follows Intel’s previous CEO, Brian Krzanich, who held the position in the prior term.
Convened in 2016, the drone advisory committee comprises executives from the drone and technology industries, as well as research, academia, and traditional aviation.
It aims to assist the FAA in setting the overall integration strategy and vision for UAS, identifying challenges and priorities.
Commenting on the move, Chasen said: “Over the last few years, we have seen tremendous growth across the drone industry, in large part due to the forward-leaning regulatory framework that the FAA has put in place.”
He added: “It’s an exciting time for our company and for the industry at large, and we look forward to tackling the challenges ahead with the FAA and industry through the DAC.”