It’s been an interesting couple of months in the drone policy space. The FAA began the prototype phase of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) beta program to enable near real-time use of controlled airspace. But as of yet, only a few companies and airports are able to take part in the tests. The Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) is suffering from in-fighting and dissent so badly that members are starting to become disillusioned. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee had some harsh critiques on the topic of inclusion and transparency. At the outset, it might be puzzling why a group of technologists and forward-thinking stakeholders can’t agree, but it’s not as opaque as you might think.
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