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CTA Statement on the FAA's ARC Report

Arlington, VA – December 19, 2017 – 
The following statement is attributed to Douglas Johnson, vice president of technology policy at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and member of the Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), regarding the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) ARC report released today:

    "CTA is grateful for the continued opportunity to contribute to the FAA's remote identification policymaking. This public-private sector conversation is increasingly vital as drones become a more substantial part of our nation's economy-this past year, our market forecast numbers predicted that total drone sales would rise by 40 percent to reach 3.4 million units and that revenue would rise by 44 percent to reach $1.1 billion. It is only through strong public-private sector collaboration that we'll be able to build a drone policy framework that balances safety and innovation and advances American leadership, jobs and growth.

   "Today's report emphasizes the significance of remote ID technology solutions that are based on consensus standards. CTA, an ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organization, stands ready to help lead industry efforts to produce standards supporting remote ID and tracking, building on our earlier work to develop an industry standard for drone serial numbers.

    "We applaud the FAA and advisory committee members for all the work they have done to get to this point, and we urge the FAA to move forward quickly in its rulemaking for drone remote ID and tracking."