Shayne Gill, Program Director for Multimodal Transportation
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.
How State DOT’s 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: Watch Here.
Transportation TV’s Special Report on “State DOTs Using Drones to Improve Safety, Collect Data Faster and Cut Costs”
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
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.
NY Times: F.A.A. Reauthorization Bill in Senate Could Snag on Unrelated Tax Provisions:
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