The FAA has announced that FAA Administrator, Michael Huerta, will host a special session at SXSW leading a discussion on the future of small unmanned aircraft, more commonly known as drones, on Monday.

After opening remarks, Huerta will lead a panel discussion with representatives of industry and government discussing key topics about drones including registration, the MicroUAS aviation rule-making committee, new uses for unmanned aircraft, tests of extended visual line-of-sight operations, safety and education initiatives.

Partnerships are key to the FAA’s ability to safely and efficiently integrate UAS into our nation’s busy and complex airspace system.–FAA

The FAA panel is sponsored by the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems (AUVSI), CompTIA, Hogan Lovells, Internet Coalition, Small UAV Coalition, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Panel Details from the FAA follow: 

    • FAA Administrator Michael Huerta
    • Jon Ollwerther, Aerobo
    • Gur Kimchi, Amazon Prime Air
    • Kerry Moher, Fresh Air Educators
    • Jaclyn Louis, Intel
    • John Cavolowsky, NASA
    • Diana Marina Cooper, PrecisionHawk

            Monday, March 14, 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. CST

WHERE:          Google Fiber Space, 201 Colorado St., Austin, TX 78701

OTHER:       Speakers will be available for interviews following the panel.

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Marisa Garcia

After working for sixteen years in aviation, specializing in aircraft interiors design and aviation safety equipment, and getting hands-on with aircraft cabins in hangars around the world, Marisa Garcia turned her expertise into industry insight. She has been reporting on aviation matters since 2014. Every day, she's putting words to work.

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