Welcome to this week’s episode of “Drones in America,” a MarketScale podcast hosted by Grant Guillot.

On “Drones in America,” Guillot and industry leaders, influencers and experts explore the rapidly growing commercial drone industry in the U.S., guiding you through the complex web of technology, policy and more.

This week, Grant speaks with the Executive Director of the Federal Aviation Administration, Jay Merkle, to get his insight regarding what drone users can expect in regards to Operations Over People, Remote ID, and the utilization of drones in public safety.

Deliveries being performed by unmanned vehicles is a goal for companies as a way to boost the efficiency and reduce the cost of last-mile delivery, but this dream has hit several regulatory road blocks. However, this year, we have seen several companies make serious headway in making this a reality. The key to lasting success will be the involvement of the local community.

Merkle discussed how one company in North Carolina is ingeniously using multiple visual observers to extend their “line of sight” to a 25-mile long route. Novant Health is delivering medical supplies between their facilities using drones with the help of Zipline’s technologies. They have developed this advanced system of visual observers to get around the need for a part 135 clearance, but also to ensure safety throughout the entire route and limit the risk that comes with beyond line of sight flying.

The public perception of drones is a prominent concern among the drone industry and is seen as one of the larger threats to the timeline of rolling out more sophisticated UAV operations throughout the country. Merkle weighed in on how he is working to change the negative narrative and how drones can be a tool for positive impact in the community.

The FAA UAS Symposium this year is going to be a Remotely Piloted Edition (virtual conference) titled “Drones: Here for Good.” The title is a callout not only to UAVs being an industry that will be here permanently, but also to how the utilization of drones can make notoriously dangerous tasks safer.

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