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EEI Statement on FAA Rule for Unmanned Aircraft Systems
WASHINGTON (June 21, 2016) - Edison Electric Institute (EEI) President Tom Kuhn issued the following statement today on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) final rule for commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
 
"EEI thanks the FAA for its work in developing new rules governing the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). While we are still reviewing and analyzing the specifics of the final rule, we are pleased to see the FAA taking steps toward allowing businesses to better utilize UAS.
 
"We agree with the FAA that this rule is just the first step. More work remains to be done to enjoy the full benefits of UAS, especially enabling the safe operation of unmanned aircraft beyond visual line of sight. With support from the FAA, EEI’s member companies can better utilize UAS to build and maintain a smarter, more resilient energy grid to deliver safe and reliable energy to our customers. We will continue to work with the FAA to demonstrate safe UAS usage and to develop guidelines that will allow companies to improve routine maintenance of our energy infrastructure and to help restore service to our customers more quickly following natural disasters.”
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