NBAA launches Emerging Technologies Committee

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The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is looking for members to join a new committee that is tasked with examining emerging technologies.

The group will focus on rule-making, standards setting and policy-related activities. “The aviation professionals who make up this committee will help drive the future of aviation safety and policy,” said Heidi Williams, NBAA’s director of air traffic services and infrastructure.

The committee plans to tackle a number of issues that face aviation technologies such as unmanned aircraft systems, urban air mobility, unmanned traffic management, commercial space and other future technologies and infrastructures.

It will also consider autonomous operations, electric propulsion and other innovative technology and specifically, the integration of these new technologies into the National Airspace System.

“NBAA is excited to launch this new committee to support developing technologies that represent significant growth opportunities for its member companies,” said Williams.

The Emerging Technologies Committee’s first meeting will be at the 2019 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in October, where additional goals and tasks will be discussed and is currently soliciting applications for committee membership.

The committee is looking for members with current experience in integrating emerging technologies into the National Airspace System, developing emerging technologies, supporting emerging technology infrastructure and training of emerging technologies.

“This committee is an opportunity for innovators in aviation to influence consensus standards and regulations that will allow for safe integration of new technology into the NAS,” added Brad Hayden, president and CEO of Robotic Skies and chair of the new committee.

“This is an exciting time in the development of the aviation industry and committee members will be a driving force in that development.”

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