ANSI opens registration for unmanned aerial systems meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The American National Standards Institute is calling for assistance with developing a roadmap for the development and growth of America's unmanned aircraft systems sector.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The American National Standards Institute is calling for assistance with developing a roadmap for the development and growth of America's unmanned aircraft systems sector.

The roadmap, to be a key point of discussion at ANSI's 2018 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative (UASSC) meeting in Washington, D.C., is intended to "help clarify the current standards landscape, minimize duplication of effort among standards developers, inform standards participation resource allocation, and ultimately help grow the UAS market."

ANSI said it expects to release a first draft of the document a week before the September 20th summit, following previous efforts performed by four working groups. These include UAS airworthiness; general flight operations, personnel training, qualifications and certifications; flight operations for critical infrastructure inspections and commercial services; and flight operations for public safety.

"As industry continues to develop technological solutions to support UAS integration, the standards community has an important role to play in codifying these solutions and promoting their widespread acceptance," said Joe Bhatia, president and CEO of ANSI. "The ANSI UASSC is working to coordinate the efforts of industry, standards developers and government, leading to greater efficiencies and avoiding economic opportunity losses."

Participation at the meeting is free and open to all UAS stakeholders operating in the United States, though advance registration is required.

For more information, visit the UASSC's website here.

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