On Sep. 26, McGuireWoods Consulting senior advisor and McGuireWoods LLP partner Gregory S. Walden testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation on behalf of the Small UAV Coalition, to which he serves as Aviation Counsel. Walden, a former Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Chief Counsel, was invited to testify on the drone subtitle of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 during a Subcommittee hearing on the bill’s implementation.

“Together, Coalition member companies represent the innovative, cutting-edge technological leadership that in just a few short years, is poised to enable routine safe, secure, UAS integration. With your continued support, we are well on our way to securing a regulatory framework for commercial UAS operations that will not only capture, but exceed, our expectations and deliver untold economic and consumer benefits,” Walden told the Subcommittee. In addition to fielding questions from lawmakers about the status of the many drone-related mandates in the 2018 law, he also spoke to the importance of the pending FAA notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for remote identification of drones, which is currently under review at the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). His complete testimony is available here.

Walden is a member of the McGuireWoods Consulting Emerging Technologies practice group. In addition to serving as FAA Chief Counsel from 1988-1990, he has been both practicing aviation law and teaching at George Mason University Law School for the last 20 years.