The U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office has appointed Steve Edgar, Co-Founder of Empire Unmanned, LLC located in Hayden, Idaho, as a member of the UASCA Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). Mr. Edgar, who will be representing Empire Unmanned on behalf of the Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association (RACCA), will help oversee regulations and policies regarding the flight of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in higher elevations of federally regulated airspace in the U.S.
Steve Edgar has over forty years of aviation experience, and has operated and instructed in over seventeen types of aircraft ranging from single-seat military fighter aircraft to wide-body commercial aircraft. He has flown the Boeing 737, Airbus 320/319, B757-767 and B777, as well as the RQ-4 Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft System in support of combat troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. In addition, Mr. Edgar has flown unmanned aircraft humanitarian missions in Japan and North America. A veteran of the 1991 Gulf War, Mr. Edgar flew the F-117A Stealth Fighter on combat missions in Iraq and Kuwait. In all, he has amassed over 11,000 flight hours over the course of his aviation career. He is also an FAA rated Air Traffic Controller in both Tower and Radar operations, and has served in both appointed and elected leadership roles in private, union, government, and military organizations.