Washington, DC- This morning, February 15, 2013, the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight will hold a hearing on “Operating Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace System: Assessing Research and Development Efforts to Ensure Safety.” As Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee, Congressman Kevin Cramer will question FAA, NASA, and GAO officials regarding the safety factors associated with the expected integration of unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace. Yesterday, the Federal Aviation Administration requested proposals for test sites to integrate unmanned aircraft with manned aircraft. North Dakota is one of twenty-six states competing to be a host. The timing of this hearing provides Vice-Chairman Cramer the opportunity to highlight North Dakota’s advantages when the FAA determines test sites. The hearing will examine challenges to integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) safely into the National Airspace System (NAS) and federal research and development (R&D) efforts to ensure the safe operation of UAS in the NAS.
Who: Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight Vice Chairman, Congressman Kevin Cramer and Subcommittee members. Witnesses include: Dr. Karlin Toner, Director of Federal Aviation Administration, Dr. Edgar Waggoner, Director of National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Dr. Gerald Dillingham, Director of Government Accountability Office.
What: Science Space and Technology Committee, Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight hearing on “Operating Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace system: Assessing Research and Development Efforts to Ensure Safety.”
When: Friday, February 15, 2013 from 10:00AM to 12:00PM EST
Where: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington D.C.