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For Immediate Release May 12, 2015

Contact: James Tyll, (571) 255-7786 or

Statement of Brian Wynne, President and CEO of AUVSI
On the Commercial UAS Modernization Act
Arlington, VA Brian Wynne, president & CEO of the Association for Unmanned
Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), today released the following statement on
the Commercial UAS Modernization Act, sponsored by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and
Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND):
AUVSI appreciates the efforts of Senators Booker and Hoeven to accelerate the
safe integration of UAS in the National Airspace System. Their proposed legislation
elevates UAS as a national priority, ensuring the industry can quickly and safely
take off in the U.S. and keep pace with other countries that already have more
permissive UAS regulations. The sooner we allow the broader use of this technology,
the more quickly the U.S. will realize the many societal and economic benefits of
According to AUVSIs economic impact report, within 10 years of integration, the
UAS industry will represent an $82 billion segment of the U.S. economy and
generate more than 100,000 new high-paying technical jobs. Conversely, each day
the rulemaking is delayed, the U.S. loses a projected $27 million in economic
AUVSIs economic impact study may be found here.
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) the world's
largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems
and robotics represents more than 7,500 members from 60+ allied countries
involved in the fields of government, industry and academia. AUVSI members work
in the defense, civil and commercial markets.