DMA Statement on FAA Extension Bill Passage

The following statement is attributed to Kara Calvert, Director of the Drone Manufacturers Alliance:

“The Drone Manufacturers Alliance is pleased the House and Senate have passed a short-term FAA extension bill. We applaud the inclusion of provisions to protect emergency responders from unauthorized drones, while also encouraging the use of drones to save lives and property in emergencies.

“However, new requirements for mandatory reporting statements and identification standards could end up limiting the benefits of drone technology, and these provisions will require careful coordination with the FAA to ensure they are implemented without stifling innovation.

“We look forward to working with Congress and the FAA to advance a streamlined regulatory process for low-risk ‘micro’ drones and preserve the FAA’s sole authority over unmanned aerial operations.”