… Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt chaired a hearing in Washington Tuesday to sort out some of the issues of an industry that had a $40 million economic footprint in the United States in 2012 and projects to exceed a $31 billion annual impact by 2026.
“The growth of that is really an indication of how rapidly this technology is becoming a part of our life and part of our economy,” the senator said in opening the hearing. “It’s not surprising that we are grappling with the regulatory issues related to that growth.”
Blunt sits as the top Republican on the Senate’s Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security. An official of the Federal Aviation Administration, along with members of private-sector associations and companies using the technology, appeared on a panel to answer questions …
News-Press & Gazette | May 8, 2018