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CTA Applauds Obama Administration’s Leadership on Drones

Arlington, VA – August 2, 2016 – 

The following statement is attributed to Douglas Johnson, vice president technology policy, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ – who served on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Micro UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee and UAS Registration Task Force – regarding today’s White House Office of Science and Technology Policy workshop on the benefits and implications of unmanned aircraft systems:

"We applaud the Obama administration and the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy for hosting an event focused on exploring the many ways drones will benefit our economy, strengthen our security and unleash America’s innovators to change our lives for the better. Drone technology will significantly improve the ways we deliver goods and supplies, produce crops and maintain critical infrastructure.

"We thank the FAA for its continued collaborative approach to building the policy framework and educational campaign supporting commercial and recreational drone use. Drone technology is advancing quickly, and we're confident technology will provide solutions to policy challenges as drones are integrated into the national airspace. Future U.S. policy and technology leadership depends on how quickly and how well we take the next crucial steps, including operations beyond the line of sight."

CTA projects the United States drone marketplace will reach record highs in 2016, selling 2.4 million units (up 112 percent from 2015). CTA’s forecast also delineates expected U.S. drone sales for units below and above 250 grams (.55 pounds), the FAA’s division for mandatory drone registration, expected to reach 1.6 million units (below 250 grams) and 825,000 units (above 250 grams).