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CompTIA, the Small UAV Coalition and AUVSI Urge House and Senate Leadership to Prioritize FAA Reauthorization

May 18, 2016

WASHINGTON – CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, joins the Small UAV Coalition and AUVSI in submitting a letter to House and Senate leadership urging the prioritized passage of comprehensive, long-term legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), currently operating under a short-term extension set to expire on July 15, 2016. 

The proposed House and Senate FAA reauthorization bills both recognize the need for the FAA to take a more progressive and expeditious approach to developing unmanned aerial systems (UAS) regulatory framework. With broad, bipartisan support, these bills would direct the FAA to create pathways for small UAS to deliver goods and to implement an unmanned traffic management (UTM) system.

“Delivery companies, drone manufacturers and a variety of technology companies are demonstrating innovative uses for commercial unmanned aerial systems,” said Elizabeth Hyman, Executive Vice President, CompTIA. “Until the FAA can develop a plan to integrate these unmanned aerial systems into our National Airspace System innovation will continue to be restricted. It is incumbent upon House and Senate leadership to move forward with legislation that will let the FAA do their job.”

The full text of the letter sent to congressional Leaders can be found here.

About CompTIA
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is the voice of the information technology industry. With approximately 2,000 member companies, 3,000 academic and training partners and nearly 2 million IT certifications issued, CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy. Visit CompTIA online, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. 

About CompTIA Advocacy
Through its advocacy arm, CompTIA champions member-driven business and IT priorities that impact all information technology companies – from small managed solutions providers and software developers to large equipment manufacturers and communications service providers. CompTIA gives eyes, ears and a voice to technology companies, informing them of policy developments – and providing the means to do something about it. 

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