The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a notice to solicit nominations for membership on the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC).
The DAC is an advisory committee established under the Department of Transport’s authority, to provide independent advice and recommendations to the FAA and in response to specific taskings received directly from the FAA. The advice and recommendations work toward improving the efficiency and safety of integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, into the National Airspace System (NAS). In response to FAA requests, the DAC may provide the FAA with information that may be used for tactical and strategic planning purposes.
The notice seeks to fill current and future vacancies on the DAC and does not affect the status of current DAC members’ terms. Stakeholder groups represented on the DAC include airports, pilots, local government, UAS manufacturers, academia, and air navigation service providers.
Appointments are made for up to two years and without charge or government compensation. The notice says candidates must be in good public standing and currently serve as a member of their organization’s core senior leadership team with the ability to make UAS-related decisions. In rare circumstances, membership will be granted to uniquely qualified individuals who do not meet this latter requirement. Members appointed solely for their individual expertise serve as Special Government Employees.
Candidates are required to submit, in full, the following materials to be considered for DAC membership:
- A short biography of the nominee, including professional and academic credentials.
- A résumé or curriculum vitae, which must include relevant job experience, qualifications, as well as contact information (email, telephone, and mailing address).
- A one-page statement describing how the candidate will benefit the DAC, considering current membership and the candidate’s unique perspective that will advance the conversation. This statement must also identify a primary and secondary interest to which the candidate’s expertise best aligns. Finally, candidates should state their previous experience on Federal Advisory Committees and/or Aviation Rulemaking Committees (if any), their level of knowledge in their above stakeholder groups, and the size of their constituency they represent or are able to reach.
Up to three letters of recommendation may be submitted, but are not required. Each letter may be no longer than one page.
Nominations are open to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, marital status, or sexual orientation. Evaluations will be based on the materials submitted.
Nominations must be received no later than 6:00 a.m. Eastern Time on August 18, 2020. The FAA will notify those appointed by the Secretary to serve on the DAC in writing.