Unmanned Systems Association of Virginia (USAV) board members met Friday, September 29 with the Republican candidate for Governor, Ed Gillespie, to discuss unmanned systems in the Commonwealth.  The event, which was hosted at the Herndon, Va. headquarters of USAV member Volkswagen Group of America, provided an opportunity for USAV members to learn about the candidate’s plans for growing the unmanned industry in the Commonwealth, and to ask specific policy questions related to all sectors of the industry, including aerial, ground and maritime.

The candidate spoke positively about the importance of unmanned systems in Virginia, and noted that Virginia is well-positioned to become a leader in the unmanned systems economy, given the number of great universities within the Commonwealth, its geographic positioning, as well as the state being home to the Mid-Atlantic aviation partnership test site (one of only six sites in the nation to achieve this designation from FAA).   The candidate also pointed to his proposed policies which support the expanded use of technology within transportation and expressed his desire to work with USAV in promoting Virginia as a top state for unmanned businesses.

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