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GV Expo Speaker Testifies Before Congress On Drone Rules

Lisa Ellman addresses house subcommittee on regulation hurdles

Lisa Ellman, Partner and Co-Chair, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Practice at Hogan Lovells and Co-Executive Director, Commercial Drone Alliance

WASHINGTON–Commercial drone use was the main topic of a Congressional Subcommittee panel on Tuesday and testifying at the center of it all was Washington, D.C. attorney Lisa Ellman, a keynote speaker for the upcoming Government Video Expo and National Drone Show.

Testifying before the U.S. House of Representative’s Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations, Ellman—who represents the law firm Hogan Lovells’ Global Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Group—outlined a list of Federal Aviation Administration regulations that need to be altered in order for the drone industry to grow to its fullest potential, while also touting the FAA’s recent implementation of Part 107, the rule allowing small commercial UAS’ to fly in U.S. airspace.

Ellman urged that the operational limitations of Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations–the rules that went into effect this past summer governing commercial uses for drones weighing less than 55 pounds– be loosened and that the process of receiving a waiver if an operator qualifies to use a UAS beyond the scope of Part 107 be streamlined.

“We need additional rules that broadly authorize safe flights above people, beyond visual line of sight and at night—and we need them soon,” she said. “Otherwise, critical UAS operations that often must occur in these conditions, such as disaster response, news gathering or time-sensitive agriculture operations, will be stalled.”

Click here to see Lisa Ellman’s full remarks.