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6/5/2019 Rep. Ucci appointed by transportation secretary to FAA drone advisory committee
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Stephen R. Ucci has been appointed by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao to the federal Department of Transportation’s Drone Advisory Committee.

The committee is a broad-based, long-term federal advisory committee that provides Federal Aviation Administration with advice on key unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) integration issues by helping to identify challenges and prioritize improvements.

The committee includes stakeholders representing the wide variety of unmanned aircraft interests, including industry, research and academia, retail and technology. Representative Ucci has been asked to serve a two-year term representing local government.

“Your work representing the views of local government will greatly benefit DAC and the Department’s efforts to integrate UAS into the National Airspace System. Your experience and leadership will add valuable insights and perspectives that will help further DAC’s mission. We thank you for your previous work on the DAC sub-committee and look forward to your contributions as a member of DAC,” Secretary Chao wrote in Representative Ucci’s  appointment letter.

Representative Ucci (D-Dist. 42, Johnston, Cranston) led a legislative commission in 2015 and 2016 that studied drone regulation, and in 2016 sponsored successful legislation that gave Rhode Island Airport Corporation the exclusive legal authority to regulate the use of drones in Rhode Island.

Sen. Jack Reed, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman James R. Langevin all submitted letters of support on behalf of Representative Ucci’s appointment.

“I’m excited to serve in this way to help shape the laws of our nation concerning drone use. This technology provides both incredible possibilities to enhance our lives and unsettling potential to be used in dangerous ways. Ensuring that our laws support technological growth and protect Americans will be fascinating and challenging,” said Representative Ucci, who added that he was grateful to Senators Reed and Whitehouse and Congressman Langevin for their support and shared interest in this emerging technology.

For more information, contact:
Meredyth R. Whitty, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-1923