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About the Standing Committee on Aviation

The committee shall coordinate the efforts of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) and AASHTO on aviation policy matters. The committee shall review aviation policy obtained from NASAO and others; suggest aviation policy for NASAO's consideration; and recommend aviation policy to AASHTO's Board of Directors. It shall identify and receive reports from its subcommittees and task forces as to federal regulatory mandates of national concern, and provide reports thereon. It shall operate as a forum to exchange information and receive reports from its subcommittees and task forces regarding aviation issues of national concern.

Membership on the committee is open to all AASHTO Members with one voting member per state.​


Reports and Studies

How State DOT's are using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
According to a March 2016 survey by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, 33 state departments of transportation have or are exploring, researching, testing or using unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as drones, to inspect bridges and assist with clearing vehicle crashes, among other innovative applications​. AASHTO recently hosted a webinar to further discuss how different states are incorporating UAS technology into their research and project delivery. Below you will find a recording of this webinar, as well as links to several presentations regarding UAS.

Webinar recording: Watch Here.​

Transportation TV's Special Report on "State DOTs Using Drones to Improve Safety, Collect Data Faster and Cut Costs"

Slideshow PDFs:
California UAS Operations - Gary Cathey.pdf
Evaluating the Use of UAS for Transportation Purposes - Steven Cook.pdf
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet UAS Program - Jason Siwula, PE.pdf
Ohio and Indiana UAS Center - Enabling UAS Operations - Fred Judson.pdf
UAS in Vermont - Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne.pdf

Current Topics

AASHTO Journal:​ Survey of State DOTs Finds Dozens Eyeing Drones to Aid Inspections, Cut Costs: AASHTO notes that all such drone testing must be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, and several state DOTs reported that the FAA application process to research UAVs can take months to complete. But FAA officials say they expect to issue new regulations for commercial drone testing and usage this summer.

NY Times: F.A.A. Reauthorization Bill in Senate Could Snag on Unrelated Tax Provisions: 

"The F.A.A. bill needs to be approved over the next few weeks before the Senate moves on to the annual spending bills. Unlike the House bill, it does not seek to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system."

The Standing Committee on Aviation is proud to be part of the

Alliance for Aviation Across America