MAPPS Executive Director Urges Commercial UAS Approval for Aerial Survey Operations
Friday, April 20, 2012
Posted by: Katie Bell
Ohio—Speaking at the first annual Ohio UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Conference,
held at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH, MAPPS Executive Director John
Palatiello called on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to include
commercial aerial survey operators in its Congressionally-mandated plan to certify
civil unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system.
spoke on the role of the private aerial survey community in a UAS environment. He
told the more than 400 persons at the conference "aerial survey firms support
commercial UAS, have expressed interest to Congress and FAA” and look forward
to UAS’s becoming "another tool in the toolbox to supplement, not replace,
mature, existing commercial aerial survey capability exists and research and
development on lighter, smaller sensors for UAS is already underway,”
Palatiello said. "The challenge to the private aerial survey is in policy, not
technology. The number one obstacle to aerial survey firms is unfair government
and university competition.”
government, military, university & research UAS, without a like-process for
commercial firms will only exacerbate the problem, impede private sector growth
and job creation, and stymie UAS maturation,” Palatiello said. He called for a
"level playing field” for commercial UAS.
FAA will soon issue a proposed rule on certification of commercial UAS. The FAA official who is writing the plan,
Randy Willis, is a confirmed speaker at the MAPPS 2012 Summer Conference, July
10-14 in Snowmass, CO.
in 1982, MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised
of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic
information systems field in the United States. The MAPPS membership
spans the entire spectrum of the geospatial community, including Member
Firms engaged in satellite and airborne remote sensing, surveying,
photogrammetry, aerial photography, LIDAR, hydrography, bathymetry,
charting, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS, and GIS data
collection and conversion services. MAPPS also includes Associate Member
Firms, which are companies that provide hardware, software, products
and services to the geospatial profession in the United States and other
firms from around the world. Independent Consultant Members are sole
proprietors engaged in consulting in or to the geospatial profession, or
provides a consulting service of interest to the geospatial profession.
provides its 160+ member firms opportunities for networking and
developing business-to-business relationships, information sharing,
education, public policy advocacy, market growth, and professional
development and image enhancement.