Michael E. Drobac serves as Executive Director of the Small UAV Coalition, an organization composed of leading consumer and technology companies with the goal of advancing the recreational, public (first responders), philanthropic and commercial use of small unmanned aerial vehicles.
The Small UAV Coalition is a partnership of leading consumer and technology companies who believe that U.S. leadership in the research, development, production, and application of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will benefit consumers in all walks of life. The Department of Transportation’s economic report regarding UAS suggested there were hundreds of use cases for the technology. As a group, they support and advocate for a range of law and policy changes that will not only embrace, but encourage, the growth of the UAV industry. These include measures to:
Permit the operation of small UAVs beyond visual line-of-sight.
Support the development of infrastructure to safely manage the widespread use of low-altitude airspace.
Enable broader UAS access to commercial mobile services and unlicensed spectrum vital to the safe and widespread integration of UAS.
Embrace the carriage and delivery potential of UAV technology in a wide array of capacities, ranging from humanitarian aid to commercial operations.