Tesla Foundation and UAVSA CEO Keith Kaplan Sees Progress with FAA and Drones

On February 26th a drone crashed on the White House lawn and that same day Keith Kaplan the CEO of the Tesla Foundation and the UAVSA and others meet with White House officials and the FAA to discuss the issues surrounding a "Drone Pilot's License", which would assure the ability for our Veterans that have been injured and US Citizen's that because of physical limitations can't get a pilot's license to be employed in the new "Drone Economy". To introduce the benefit of implementing air traffic control measures with SafeFlight Systems™, the software to manage drone traffic and could have prevented the "Lawn Crash", and the issues regarding FAA rule making impeding commercial use of Drones.

We are proud to announce that our voices have been heard and we as the members and staff of the UAVSA see this as a "First Step" towards the integration of Commercial Drone use in the NAS.

Within the past few weeks Keith Kaplan has appeared on NBC, CBS, KTLA, RT, PBS, AP, and many news outlets discussing how we safely and ethically integrate drones into the our everyday lives.

"We see an economic impact in the tens of billions in the next few years for the US economy" states Mr. Kaplan.

The Tesla Foundation with it's research partner's at UC Berkeley, MIT, Maryland University, and the UAVSA are working on the software and hardware advancements for the safeguards needed to operate out of line of sight and at night. With the integration of the Safe Flight System™ - this software will be used for; altitude limiting, geo-frencing, airframe identification, air traffic control, and other actionable implications to assure that sUAS can safely utilize the redundancy in systems needed to fully realize the commercial use of sUAS in the NAS.

The UAVSA has founded the "Counsel on UAS Safety" and has posted information at uavsa.org/fly-safe for information about safely operating a sUAS in the NAS.


UAVSA, Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle System Association is a solely owned division of the Tesla Foundation Group, a California Non-profit 501(c3) company. UAVSA was established to unify UAV-UAS-RPS commercial pilots, commercial drone company owners, and enthusiasts who seek to unify their voices for the advocation of the commercial use of Drones. To create, share, and distribute information for commercial UAV’s, Ground Station Controllers, Electronics, Pilot Training and other related important industry items. Additionally, UAVSA through its local and national government activities promotes a safe and ethical environment for commercial companies, and pilot-owners to conduct commercial activities.

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