NUAIR leader appointed president of drone alliance

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SYRACUSE — Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR) President and CEO Ken Stewart has been appointed president of the Commercial Drone Alliance, an independent nonprofit that works with all levels of government to collaborate on policies for industry growth and seeks to educate the public on the safe and responsible use of commercial drones to achieve economic benefits and humanitarian gains.

The announcement said that Stewart’s wealth of experience and expertise will help advocate for policies that spur innovation and growth for the commercial unmanned aircraft systems and advanced air mobility industries.

“The future of drone technology is bright,” stated Stewart. “I look forward to working with the CDA on behalf of the industry to enable companies to operate commercially at scale, so we can bring the immense safety and efficiency benefits of commercial drones to the American people.”

“The UAS industry provides significant safety and efficiency benefits for the American public – from inspecting and monitoring our nation’s critical infrastructure to delivering essential supplies,” said Lisa Ellman, executive director of the alliance.

Stewart’s “depth of experience in innovative industries will help the CDA promote emerging technologies that enable safe and secure integration of our national airspace,” the alliance executive director added.

Stewart also represents NUAIR on the Federal Aviation Administration Beyond Visual Line of Sight Aviation Rulemaking Committee. NUAIR supports this the committee focused on the development of performance-based regulatory requirements to normalize safe, scalable, economically viable, and environmentally advantageous unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) BVLOS operations.

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