"This is a crucial time for public policy concerning drones."
Arlington, VA, November 23, 2015 - The following statement is attributed to Douglas Johnson, vice president, technology policy, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM - formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) - and member of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) UAS Registration Task Force regarding completion of the Task Force's report with recommendations concerning drone registration:
"We thank the FAA for creating a diverse stakeholder task force and appreciate the opportunity for the Consumer Technology Association and several of our members to serve on it. We applaud the spirit of collaboration and consensus-building that defines the task force and its set of recommendations to the FAA.
"Collaboration and innovation contribute to the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace. CTA and several other organizations continue to support the "Know Before You Fly" consumer safety campaign encouraging responsible use of drones. Innovators are also taking the lead when it comes to safety, as shown by recent industry partnerships, making it easier for drone operators to get real-time information about no-fly zones.
"This is a crucial time for public policy concerning drones. For the U.S. to stay competitive, and for drone-related businesses and startups to thrive, we need regulatory as well as non-regulatory solutions that support both safety and innovation. Duplicative or conflicting federal, state and local policies will encumber innovators, confuse the public and limit growth."
Consumer Technology Association market research expects 2015 to be a defining year for drones and forecasts that 400,000 consumer drones will be sold this holiday season.