Hogan Lovells partner Lisa Ellman selected as industry lead for new FAA drone working group

Washington, D.C., 10 June 2021 – Lisa Ellman, a partner with global law firm Hogan Lovells and executive director of the Commercial Drone Alliance, has been selected to serve as the industry lead for a working group in the Federal Aviation Administration’s newly announced Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to help the agency develop a regulatory path for routine Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations.

According to its charter, the objective of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) BVLOS ARC is to provide recommendations to the FAA for performance-based regulatory requirements to normalize safe, scalable, economically viable, and environmentally advantageous BVLOS UAS operations in the national airspace system (NAS).

The ARC is comprised of a committee of selected members representing various aviation stakeholder groups, including stakeholders in academia; infrastructure security; privacy; state, local, tribal, and territorial governance; technology and network infrastructure; traditional aviation associations; UAS associations; UAS manufacturing; and UAS operations.

More information about the ARC can be found here. FAA Administrator Steve Dickson’s speech announcing the ARC is available here.

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