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UAS to be featured at NSPS-MAPPS conference

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One of the most revolutionary technologies ever to be introduced to the surveying and mapping profession is unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The NSPS-MAPPS conference will feature several activities to inform surveyors of information needed to enter this exciting new line of business, including technical and business requirements, as well as law and regulations. This includes a session on "What You Need to Know Before Starting Up Your Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Department" by Bryan Baker of Leica, and a keynote address by Jim Williams, manager of the UAS office of the Federal Aviation Administration. Full conference registration is required to attend these events. To register, click here.

Meanwhile FAA has announced a streamlined process for airspace authorizations for section 333 exemption holders, while enforcement and "grounding" of unauthorized commercial UAS operators has increased.

Bipartisan UAV legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Judiciary Committee members Reps. Ted Poe (R-TX) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) jointly introduced H.R. 1385, the "Preserving American Privacy Act of 2015." This bill provides for a legal framework for the operation of public unmanned aircraft systems. NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd has met with staff of Rep. Poe to discuss the positive uses of UAS-UAV by licensed professional surveyors and possible amendments to the bill to recognize the benefits society will experience from surveying and mapping activities conducted by UAVs. more

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