JARUS Chair of the Stakeholder Consultation Body
The Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS) announced that Gregory Walden, former Federal Aviation Administration chief counsel, has been elected chair of the Stakeholder Consultation Body (SCB). Mr. Walden, not to be confused with Rep. Walden (R-OR), is Senior Counsel at Akin Gump and numbers among his clients the Small UAV Coalition.
In that sUAV Coalition role, he leads an alliance of leading consumer and technology companies involved in the research, development, production, and application of unmanned aerial vehicles. That’s an excellent selection.
JARUS is essentially a transnational organization of Civil Aviation Authorities around the globe. Its purpose is to review the UAS initiatives of the countries attempting to regulate this new form of air transportation and discern which approaches, rules and policies best balance safety and the new economies created by this disruptive technology. The ultimate goal of JARUS is to recommend a single set of technical, safety and operational requirements for the certification and safe integration of UASs into airspace and at airports. That model UAS Code then may serve as guidance material for CAAs facing the challenge of writing their respective regulatory regimes.
Counsel Walden chairs the SCB, which acts in an advisory board to JARUS. Manufacturers, commercial operators, various users and other non-governmental interests will provide counsel to the Joint Authorities on the practical implications of some of the proposed rules, on alternative solutions to safety issues as they arise, to explain the real world impact of CAAs’ policies, etc.
In that role, Greg is able to incorporate the corporations’ perspectives, recognize the limitations of governmental strategies and to edit proposals with a fine pen which scribes equally words of safety, legal and business applicability.