Washington, D.C. – 04 APR 2011 – Congressman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), Chairman of the Congressional Unmanned Systems Caucus (CUSC) is pleased with the advancement of unmanned systems in H.R. 658, The Federal Aviation Administration Re-Authorization Bill.
“The language contained within this bill promotes the safe integration of unmanned systems into the national airspace. Carefully integrating these systems by 2015 will improve our border defenses, public safety, and emergency response systems,” stated McKeon.
H.R. 658 requires the FAA to develop a safe, detailed plan to integrate Unmanned Systems in the national airspace within 270 days from its date of enactment. The bill further advances unmanned systems integration by requiring the FAA to define both equipment airworthiness and pilot requirements.
“Although this bill is a step in the right direction, I have concerns with the FAA’s languid Certificate of Authorization requirement for public unmanned systems. Our state and local law enforcement agencies need a faster, more responsive process. Our neighborhoods deserve safer streets, and these systems can help provide that.”
McKeon added, “I am confident we can continue to work with John Mica, Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the Federal Aviation Administration as they develop a safe, thorough and detailed plan to assist our state and local public safety organizations.”
“I’m pleased that the UAV language in the FAA reauthorization would help unmanned systems provide the information needed to protect our borders and our communities. I will continue to work to provide resources, equipment and technology to protect and secure the United States of America,” said Congressman Henry Cuellar, co-chairman of the Congressional Unmanned Systems Caucus.
The goal of the Congressional Unmanned Systems Caucus is to educate members of Congress, stakeholders, and the public on the strategic, tactical, law enforcement and scientific value of unmanned systems.
The Congressional Unmanned Systems Caucus recognizes the overwhelming value of unmanned systems in the scientific, intelligence, law enforcement, and homeland security communities. The members of the bipartisan caucus are committed to the growth and expansion of these systems in all sectors. More information is available at http://uavc.mckeon.house.gov/.