Aviation Council

AASHTO Liaison
Shayne Gill, Program Director for Multimodal Transportation

Welcome to the Council on Aviation

About the Council on Aviation

The Council on Aviation shall discuss and recommend policies related to aviation legislation and regulation, and coordinate the efforts of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) and AASHTO on joint aviation policy matters. The Council shall review aviation policy obtained from NASAO; suggest aviation policy for NASAO’s consideration; and recommend aviation policy to AASHTO’s Transportation Policy Forum. The Council shall operate as a forum to exchange information, identify aviation issues of national concern, including regulatory mandates, and provide information to members on these important issues. The Council shall review and ballot technical documents as assigned by the Transportation Policy Forum and provide direction and assignments to committees on aviation issues.

Membership on the council is open to all AASHTO Members with one voting member per state.

New Items

Press Release from House T&I Committee and Congressional Leadership on Announcement of Agreement to a 5-Year FAA Reauthorization

2018 AASHTO Legislative Action Agenda (FAA Reauthorization – Issue #6)

Reports and Studies

Transportation TV’s Special Report:
Part 1 – State DOTs Using Drones to Improve Safety, Collect Data Faster and Cut Costs (3/25/2016)

Part 2 – Building Highways in the Sky: State DOTs Leading the Evolution of Drones (3/27/2018)

How State DOTs are Using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
According to a March 2016 survey by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, 33 state departments of transportation have or are exploring, researching, testing or using unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as drones, to inspect bridges and assist with clearing vehicle crashes, among other innovative applications. AASHTO recently hosted a webinar to further discuss how different states are incorporating UAS technology into their research and project delivery. Below you will find a recording of this webinar, as well as links to several presentations regarding UAS.

Webinar recording on How States Are Using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS): Watch Here. (4/8/2016)
Slideshow PDFs:
California UAS Operations – Gary Cathey.pdf
Evaluating the Use of UAS for Transportation Purposes – Steven Cook.pdf
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet UAS Program – Jason Siwula, PE.pdf
Ohio and Indiana UAS Center – Enabling UAS Operations – Fred Judson.pdf
UAS in Vermont – Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne.pdf

Current Topics

AASHTO Journal: Survey of State DOTs Finds Dozens Eyeing Drones to Aid Inspections, Cut Costs: AASHTO notes that all such drone testing must be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, and several state DOTs reported that the FAA application process to research UAVs can take months to complete. But FAA officials say they expect to issue new regulations for commercial drone testing and usage this summer.

The Aviation Council is proud to be part of the

Alliance for Aviation Across America