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CEA Applauds FAA Decision to Expand Beyond-Line-of-Sight UAS Testing

Arlington, VA – May 6, 2015 – 
The following statement is attributed to Douglas Johnson, vice president, technology policy, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, regarding today’s announcement that  the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will initiate further research for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS):
“We’re glad the FAA recognizes the vast potential for UAS innovations and applications by initiating this research. And we’re equally excited that the administration itself believes this testing could result in FAA-approved, beyond-line-of-sight operations within the next few years.
“Drones hold the potential to deliver game-changing innovations—cutting down on fuel usage in our transportation system, quickly providing life-saving supplies to our first responders and increasing efficiencies and safety for a myriad of other sectors. Just yesterday, CEA unveiled new economic research that projects the U.S. can reach one million UAS flights per day within the next 20 years, as long as we have the right regulatory environment in place.
“The U.S. has been the ‘first in flight’ at almost every stage of advancement, but we’re in danger of letting other countries outpace us on UAS market development. Continued cooperation between the FAA and industry, and a commitment to safely conducting beyond-line-of-sight and urban operations will be critical as we move forward. Our country’s UAS sector is a billion-dollar technology market that’s ready for lift-off.”

CEA market research expects 2015 to be a defining year for unmanned systems, with the category ideally positioned for steady growth. According to CEA projections, the global market for consumer UAS will approach $130 million in revenue in 2015, increasing by more than 50 percent from 2014; with unit sales of consumer UAS expected to approach 425,000, an increase of 65 percent.
This year CEA debuted the Unmanned Systems Marketplace at the 2015 International CES®, with 15 UAS companies – almost four times as many as last year – covering 7,600 square feet of exhibit space. At CES, Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA, announced CEA’s support of the UAS safety campaign “Know Before You Fly,” which provides prospective UAS operators with the information and guidance they need to fly safely and responsibly.
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