Presented by: Consumer Technology Association
Policies Impacting Drones and the Future of Flight
Tuesday, March 15
3:30PM - 4:30PM
301 E 6th St
Drones have the power to revolutionize a multitude of consumer and commercial sectors -- in fact, they are well on their way. According to CTA projections, the U.S. drone market will approach $105 million in revenue in 2015 with unit sales expected to reach 700,000, an increase of 63%. However, a number of policy battles could stand in the way of this remarkable technology. This panel will discuss the key issues impacting drones, from innovation and economic impact to safety and privacy.
Gregory S. McNeal, JD/PhD
Gregory S. McNeal, JD/PhD, is a nationally recognized expert on drones and topics related to technology, law and policy. As co-founder of airspace i...Show the rest
Gregory S. McNeal, JD/PhD
Gregory S. McNeal, JD/PhD, is a nationally recognized expert on drones and topics related to technology, law and policy. As co-founder of airspace information and services provider AirMap, Dr. McNeal is aligning his expertise and research to help AirMap create products and services that give drone operators, manufacturers and government agencies reliable tools to understand and navigate the complexities of the national airspace. In addition to co-founding AirMap, Dr. McNeal is an Associate Professor of Law and Public Policy at Pepperdine University and frequently lends his expertise on drones and drone policy to national media, including Forbes where he is a regular contributor.
As one of the foremost experts in regulation and public policy surrounding unmanned aircraft, Dr. McNeal has testified before Congress and state legislatures about legal and policy issues associated with drones and has aided government bodies across local, state and national levels in drafting legislation and ordinances related to drones. Notably, he is one of a handful of people outside of government to have met with and provided advice to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget about the FAA’s pending drone regulations. Adding to that, the Secretary of Transportation named him to the FAA’s Aviation Rulemaking Committee, Registration Task Force for Unmanned Aircraft.
Dr. McNeal is a voting member of the ASTM technical committee that is creating scientific standards to govern unmanned aircraft and their operation. He is also a member of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) technical advisory and advocacy committees.Hide the rest
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Gretchen West is a senior advisor at Hogan Lovells focusing on innovation and technology and is a member of the firm’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Group in Silicon Valley. Gretchen is also a le...Show the rest
Gretchen West is a senior advisor at Hogan Lovells focusing on innovation and technology and is a member of the firm’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Group in Silicon Valley. Gretchen is also a leading policy advocate in their Government Regulatory practice group, with a focus on drone technology, automated driving, and other global initiatives and innovative technologies.Hide the rest
Jon works on DJI’s policy efforts in Washington DC with a focus on promoting best practices and effective regulations. His work focuses on issues related to operator and aircraft standards, airspac...Show the rest
Jon works on DJI’s policy efforts in Washington DC with a focus on promoting best practices and effective regulations. His work focuses on issues related to operator and aircraft standards, airspace access and management, privacy and aviation R&D policy, and he serves on the boards of the Small UAV Coalition and Drone Advocates for Public Safety (DAPS) and is chair of the Consumer Technology Association’s Drone Policy Working Group. Prior to joining DJI, Jon had a 20-year career in broadcast journalism, most recently at the Associated Press where he spearheaded the news agency’s program to incorporate drones into professional news gathering operations.Hide the rest
Sr Advisor UAS Integration
Federal Aviation Administration