PrecisionHawk recently announced that former U.S. Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) will serve as a Special Advisor to PrecisionHawk on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) regulatory and policy initiatives. PrecisionHawk CEO Michael Chasen made the announcement during his keynote presentation at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) UAS Symposium, an annual gathering that brings together government agencies, industry and academia to discuss the growing use of UAS and its integration into the national airspace.
“Congressman LoBiondo has been an incredible thought leader and champion for the commercial drone industry and was the driver behind key legislative provisions to safely integrate UAS,” said Diana Cooper, Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy at PrecisionHawk. “I have had the honor of collaborating with Congressman LoBiondo over the past several years. His expertise will be invaluable as we continue to work with regulators and other government stakeholders to advance our industry.”
“For nearly a decade PrecisionHawk has been a leader in UAS innovation and a pioneer of its commercial applications. The vision, talent and dedication Michael [Chasen] and his team bring to solving real-world challenges advances the UAS industry at large while greatly benefitting our country and economy. I am excited to work alongside PrecisionHawk to ensure a positive future for unmanned aircraft systems,” said Frank LoBiondo, former U.S. Representative and current CEO of LoBo Strategies LLC.
In Congress, Frank LoBiondo was a senior member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee for more than two decades and served as Chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee from 2013-2019. He was a vocal proponent of integrating UAS technology for commercial applications into the National Airspace System, authoring key provisions in the 2012 FAA Modernization & Reform Act that mandated the FAA to establish six test sites across the country for research, development and testing. During his final year of public service, he shepherded the five-year FAA Reauthorization Act through Congress which included key provisions critical to harnessing and expanding commercial growth of UAS across the country. He was a co-chair of the Congressional Unmanned Systems Caucus and represented New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional district, home to the FAA’s premier R&D facility – the William J. Hughes FAA Technical Center. Retired from federal elected office after 24 years, Frank is the founder & CEO of LoBo Strategies LLC, an independent consulting firm providing solutions-driven strategic advice in government affairs and public relations to its clients.