Task force launched to combat UAS Airport risks




The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) have formed a blue ribbon on unmanned aircraft system (UAS) mitigation at airports. The will refine practices and provide a framework to mitigate the threat of UAS incursions at airports.

“Occasional bad actors threaten to undermine the great progress we have made and even put responsible, legal UAS operations in a negative light,” said AUVSI CEO Brian Wynne, noting recent high-profile drone incursions at Gatwick and Newark Liberty Airports. “The is working with our government partners on remote identification and tracking standards, but we understand that more needs to be done and at a faster pace than the regulatory process allows.”

“One of ACI-NA’s highest priorities is ensuring unauthorized and unsafe drone operations do not adversely affect the safety or of U.S. and Canadian airports,” said ACI-NA CEO Kevin Burke. “With more and more drones flying in the airspace, we have found ourselves in a new situation with no clear playbook.”

The ’s main objectives are to lead a dialogue to refine procedural practices for airports, law , and other stakeholders to ensure an efficient and seamless response to future UAS incidents. It will also develop a longer-term framework to deter incursions at airports that be used at other high-profile including national landmarks, stadiums, prisons, and military bases. The is co-chaired by former FAA administrator Michael Huerta and Deborah Flint, CEO, Los Angeles World Airports. Other members include major airport, air traffic control, , public facility, and executives.  

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