Dr. Paul Hsu appointed to the FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced on Wednesday 12 new appointments to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Drone Advisory Committee.

Among those names was Dr. Paul Hsu of the Hsu Institute in Fort Walton Beach, FL.

According to Secretary Chao, the Drone Advisory Committee is key to helping the FAA keep pace with innovation while protecting safety.

Members of the committee are executives who represent a variety of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) interests, including industry, research, academia, retail, technology, and state and local government.

“The opportunity to serve on the FAA Drone Advisory Committee on behalf of HSU Educational Foundation and the Greater Okaloosa Airports community is quite an honor,” said Dr. Hsu. “I look forward to participating in this collaborative effort to help our Nation better integrate unmanned aircraft systems!”

Dr. Paul Hsu showing one of the drones at the Hsu Innovative Institute in Fort Walton Beach, FL

According to a press release, the DAC is a broad-based, long-term federal advisory committee that provides the FAA advice on key UAS integration issues by helping to identify challenges and prioritize improvements. The committee helps to create a broad strategy for the safe integration of UAS into the National Airspace System.

“As the UAS industry continues to evolve, it is important to have DAC members who mirror the many facets of this fast-growing industry. We know the members will help the FAA ensure the highest level of safety while keeping pace with the new and innovative technology for UAS,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson.

One of the drone obstacles at the Hsu Innovative Institute in Fort Walton Beach, FL

The DAC is chartered to have up to 35 members and yesterday’s announcement will fill 12 vacancies. The new members listed below will serve a two-year term.

The new members are:

  • Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation
  • Dr. Paul Hsu, Founder and Chair, HSU Foundation
  • Matt Parker, President, Precision Integrated Programs
  • Molly Wilkinson, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, American Airlines
  • Brad Hayden, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Robotic Skies
  • David Carbon, Vice President and General Manager, Amazon Prime Air
  • Adam Bry, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Skydio
  • Kenji Sugahara, President and Chief Executive Officer, Drone Service Providers Alliance
  • Brandon Torres Declet, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, MEASURE
  • Dr. Jaiwon Shin, Executive Vice President, Head of UAM Division and Chief Executive Officer, Genesis Air Mobility
  • Dr. Catherine Cahill, Director, Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration
  • Vic Moss, Owner, Moss Photography
DRONES, ROBOTICS & MORE! The Hsu Innovative Institute was designed to inspire innovation among both the youth and professional community. Now, they hope to inspire innovation through STEM, helping to ensure our nation’s strong future.

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