Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Innovation, Integration, Successes, and Challenges

March 15, 2017

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D..), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a full committee hearing on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. titled “Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Innovation, Integration, Successes, and Challenges.” The hearing will examine public policy issues related to the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace system. It will explore practical applications for this emerging technology, as well as developing economic, privacy, and safety implications.

- Mr. Earl Lawrence, Director of the Office of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Federal Aviation Administration
- Ms. Diana Marina Cooper, Vice President of Legal and Policy Affairs, Precision Hawk USA Inc.; President, sUAV Coalition
- Mr. Ben Fowke, Chairman, President and CEO, Xcel Energy
- Mr. Brendan Schulman, Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs, DJI
- Dr. John Villasenor, Professor of Engineering and Public Policy, UCLA; Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution
- Dr. Emilio Gonzalez, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Miami-Dade Aviation Department

Hearing Details:
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Full committee
The hearing will be held in Senate Dirksen Office Building, Room 106. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on this page.


Majority Statement

  • Chairman John Thune

Minority Statement

  • Bill Nelson

Witness Panel 1