Test sites proposed to learn how drones could improve wildfire monitoring, mitigation, and containment
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — A pair of U.S. Senators wants to get a leg up on wildfires by spurring the use of unmanned surveillance aircraft to make firefighting efforts more efficient.
“Extreme wildfires have become an all too common occurrence in Colorado, leaving families without homes and hundreds of thousands of charred acreage in their paths,” said Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO). “We need to employ every tool available to help firefighters in their battles. This bipartisan amendment will help us develop UAS technology and teach us more about how they can strengthen our fights against wildfires more quickly and safely.”
Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, Gov. John Hickenlooper and five of Colorado’s members of the U.S. House of Representatives recently sent a letter to the Federal Aviation FAA, urging the agency to choose Colorado. The bipartisan letter notes Colorado’s “unique mix of qualifications” for one of the test sites, including its thriving aerospace industry presence and the state’s world-class institutions of higher education. Continue reading “Colorado makes bid for federal drone test site”→
Budget shuffle could enable FAA to avoid furloughs
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — With the busy summer travel season already winding up, the U.S. Senate acted to try and prevent more delays at U.S. Airports. The bipartisan deal to give the FAA more budget flexibility was led by Senators Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine).
FRISCO — With drone technology becoming prevalent for surveillance and other purposes, Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) said he is writing legislation aimed protecting the privacy rights.
In a release, Udall said unmanned aerial systems technology has the potential to create jobs and provide significant benefits for local law enforcement and private businesses, but privacy safeguards — at the state and federal levels — have not kept pace with the technology.