Washington Post Features Akin Gump’s Work With Small UAV Coalition

The Washington Post, for its article “Amazon, manufacturers want federal permission to test commercial drone use,” quoted Akin Gump senior policy advisor Michael Drobac on his representation of the coalition seeking approval for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

According to the article, the coalition is urging the U.S. government to permit companies to test and operate small UAVs that “weigh less than 55 pounds and fly under 400 feet or above 60,000 feet” in order to expand UAV usage to include tasks, such as package delivery, photographing real estate properties, tracking poachers and expanding broadband access. Drobac added, “The possibilities for [unmanned aerial vehicle] use are limitless.”

The article notes that Drobac along with Akin Gump communications partner Jennifer Richter and public law and policy senior counsel Gregory Walden have been working on UAV-related regulations with Congress, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Communications Commission and the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy on behalf of the coalition.