Reboot Conversations: The Future of Drone Policy

October 27, 2020 at 12:00 PM ET

Join Lincoln Network on Tuesday, October 27 at 12:00 pm ET / 9:00 am PT for a virtual discussion about the future of commercial drones in the United States.

There are nearly 500,000 commercial drones registered in the United States, far exceeding recent FAA projections. Fields like photography, agriculture, and public safety have adopted drone services and there are a few programs for long-distance services—like utility line inspection, surveying, and home delivery—popping up around the country.

Despite the rapid maturation of the technology, mass-market services are still years away in the United States in part because of difficult legal and policy questions raised in a recent GAO report to Congress: Should state or federal aviation officials regulate low-altitude drone services and operations? How do regulators encourage a healthy drone services industry while protecting residents’ property rights and privacy? Who will build and operate unmanned traffic management systems? Join us for a panel discussion about these topics, the state of drone technology, and how federal, state, and local officials can make the US the global leader in drone services.

Reggie Govan

Former Chief Counsel

Federal Aviation Administration


Alexiaa Jordan

Innovation, Cyber, and National Security Analyst

Lincoln Network


Brent Skorup

Senior Research Fellow

Mercatus Center, George Mason University


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