Cities and Counties Respond to UAS Integration Pilot Program

Thursday, 26. October 2017 00:07

Washington, D.C., Oct. 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National League of Cities, National Association of Counties and U.S. Conference of Mayors today issued the following statement on President Trump’s directive to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to establish an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program:



“We welcome today’s announcement to establish a UAS program in partnership with local, state and tribal governments. We play a key role in public safety, transportation infrastructure, economic development and other public services that intersect with UAS policies.


“Through this pilot program, we hope to explore the best ways to integrate new technology into the airspace above our communities in partnership with the federal government and the private sector — with the flexibility necessary for communities to meet our residents’ needs.


“We look forward to continuing to work with the U.S. DOT and FAA to inform policy decisions as unmanned aircraft systems continue to take flight.”



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Sara Durr
The U.S. Conference of Mayors

Brian Namey
National Association of Counties (NACo)

Tom Martin
National League of Cities (NLC)

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