Advocacy

AUVSI is the leading global organization representing the views of the unmanned systems and robotics community. AUVSI Cascade is the local Chapter of AUVSI Representing the states of Oregon and Washington.

On behalf of our membership we are committed to shaping regional policy by advocating on behalf of the unmanned systems and robotics community, monitoring legislation and assessing the global impact of the industry to ensure that obstacles to advancing and fielding unmanned systems and robotics are removed.

AUVSI speaks for the unmanned systems and robotics community as a trusted source of information to government officials, regulators, media and the public. We represent the industry in regional govermental hearings, participate in coalitions and collaborate with various trade associations and stakeholders to serve and achieve the interests of the unmanned systems and robotics community.

AUVSI National Adcocacy

CRS: Integration of Drones into Domestic Airspace

FAA UAS Guidelines

  • Press Release - FAA Releases Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Roadmap
  • Integration of Civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) Roadmap
  • UAS Test Site Privacy Requirements
  • UAS Comprehensive Plan
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems Privacy Statement

    Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) increase human potential by doing dangerous or difficult tasks safely and efficiently. Whether it is improving agriculture practices and output, helping first responders, advancing scientific research, or making business more efficient, UAS are capable of saving time, saving money and most importantly, saving lives.

    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) supports the development and advancement of UAS technology in a safe and responsible manner, while respecting existing privacy laws and ensuring transparency and accountability. AUVSI does not support additional restrictive legislation that will prohibit, delay, or prevent the use of UAS by our public safety agencies and other end users. AUVSI recognizes this new industry is poised to create over 70,000 new jobs within the first three years of UAS being integrated into the National Airspace System in the United States; however, restrictive legislation will inhibit this new industry.

    AUVSI supports:

    • Registration of unmanned aircraft and pilots with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
    • Enforcement of established law and policy, governing the collection, use, storage, sharing and deletion of data, regardless of how it is collected.
      • These policies should be available for public review.
      • The policies should outline strict accountability for unauthorized use.
      • AUVSI supports the International Association of Chiefs of Police recommended guidelines for UAS operations and their recommendations on data collection, which have been adopted by the Airborne Law Enforcement Association and others.
      • UAS manufacturers shall not be held responsible for improper or illegal use of unmanned aircraft systems.

    AUVSI does not condone the use of UAS to illegally spy on people. AUVSI fully supports the prosecution of individuals that violate privacy laws. AUVSI fully supports the 4th Amendment's requirement that a search warrant be obtained prior to the government invading an individual's privacy.

    AUVSI is opposed to many of the bills that have been introduced in Congress and at state capitals around the country. These bills would fundamentally change current search warrant requirements, which the courts have ably shaped over the past 225 years. The issue should be focused on the extent to which the government can collect, use and store personal data – which is why transparency and accountability are key.

    Instead of focusing on how the government collects information, AUVSI supports an open debate on the government's right to collect, use, store, share, and delete personal data. AUVSI believes information gathered by a UAS should be treated no differently than information gathered by a manned aircraft, or other electronic means.

    In 2012, AUVSI recently released the industry's first Code of Conduct which is built around safety, professionalism and respect.

    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) – Jobs Engine & Economic Growth Fact Sheet

    UAVs are a Key U.S. Emerging Industry
    Commercial uses for UAVs are an emerging industry derived from defense applications.  Staples of everyday life, including the internet, 4-wheel drive technology, GPS, microelectronics (enabling cell phones, laptops) and jet aircraft were created by the military, each evolving to explosive growth in the commercial sector.  UAVs are experiencing the same dramatic evolution.  The attached listing of UAV applications is driving economic growth – estimated to exceed $10 billion over the next decade – and driving a jobs engine, creating 1,400 new jobs in Oregon alone.  Oregon is investing in the industry: OR InC has targeted $2.5 million for a UAV research center; more than 80 companies are making UAVs or their components; universities and colleges are conducting UAV research, UAV pilot training and UAV flights are now fully operational.

    The Issue
    There is a concern that UAVs will be used for illegal purposes, invading the privacy of citizens with invasive and/or pervasive surveillance.  The Congressional Research Service issued an excellent report on the subject: Integration of Drones Into Domestic Airspace: Selected Legal Issues (A.M. Dolan, R.M. Thompson II, January 30, 2013).

    Background
    There exist several protections that apply to aerial surveillance – for piloted or unmanned vehicles.  The Fourth Amendment guards against unreasonable searches and seizures, along with requiring any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause.  This is regulated by law and the courts without the need for additional legislation.

    The Federal Aviation Administration has jurisdiction of the national airspace. It regulates piloted and unmanned flights.  The same rules that apply to helicopters fitted with cameras operate with UAVs.  Additionally, the House of Representatives is developing legislation (H.R. 6676) to address invasive and pervasive surveillance to ensure that the integration of UAVs into the national airspace system is done in compliance with privacy principals.  It will supersede states’ legislation and applies universally.

    American Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
    It is reasonable to expect that it is the behavior of the UAV owner/operator that should be regulated.  However, to over-regulate this area of citizen interest prematurely could have a chilling effect on business decisions of innovators and drive this promising technology to other more accommodating states.  AUVSI, the industry trade association and voice of the industry, is working to support the development of practical legislation and regulation, ensuring that UAVs are regulated in the same ways as piloted aircraft.

    Contact Information (AUVSI Cascade Chapter Board Members):
    Brian Whiteside:  (971) 237-9698 whitesideb@vdosglobal.com Portland, OR
    Eric Simpkins: (541) 639-5112 ericlsimpkins@gmail.com  Bend, OR