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FAA Announces First Drone Advisory Council Meeting

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The Federal Aviation Administration's Drone Advisory Council will meet for the first time Sept. 16, according to a notice.  

The council, led by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, is supposed to find and prioritize challenges for incorporating small unmanned aircraft systems, a.k.a drones, into the national airspace.

“Input from stakeholders is critical to our ability to achieve that perfect balance between integration and safety,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said when he announced the council in June.

The meeting is open to the public but requires advanced registration.

At a White House Aug. 2 conference on the future uses of drones, Huerta said FAA had registered more than consumer 500,000 drones since December. Earlier this week, the new small UAS rule took effect, allowing commercial, scientific and educational UAS pilots to hit the skies without a certification of waiver or authorization from the agency.

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