DENVER, CO / ACCESSWIRE / February 25, 2015 / Valmie Resources' (VMRI) President and CEO Gerald B Hammack spoke out today encouraging lawmakers to continue urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ease restrictions on commercial drones in U.S. skies.
Preparing to enter international markets, Valmie is in the final stages of development of an advanced unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) prototype and plans to collaborate with a Mexican company to supply drones for its crop monitoring operations in Central and South America.
"A prolonged regulatory environment could drive the UAV industry out of the U.S.," said Hammack. "We appreciate the efforts of the lawmakers who are advocating a freer approach to the use of commercial unmanned aircraft and the ability for U.S. companies and organizations to innovate and perform research and development without a crushing amount of restrictions."
Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. separately have criticized the agency for its restrictive rules on the use of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's) and how these regulations could limit innovation and business opportunities in the sector.
"The United States cannot afford to lag behind other countries in technological innovation because of regulatory foot-dragging," said Sen. Booker, referring to the proposed FAA regulations.
"We encourage more lawmakers to recognize the tremendous benefits and economic impact UAV's can offer and to advocate for less restrictions on this valuable technology," said Hammack. "From saving lives through search-and-rescue efforts, more precise inspections of roads, bridges, rail lines and pipelines to the enormous value UAV's will generate in the agriculture space, drones stand to bring an improved quality of life to the citizens of our country."
The FAA's proposed rules, announced this month, require that drone flights within the U.S. remain below 500 feet and that all flights must be conducted during daylight hours by government-certified operators who keep the devices within their line of sight. The craft must fly at speeds slower than 100 mph, be lighter than 55 pounds and must not fly over people unaware of their use.
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Valmie Resources is a U.S. company actively pursuing opportunities for the commercialization of leading edge products and services in the rapidly expanding technology industry. Valmie seeks concepts with valid business models positioned to make a significant impact within the four key "megasectors" of technology: software, hardware, networking and semiconductors. Valmie brings operating talent, tools and leadership to emerging companies in these sectors, promoting industry awareness and developing economically sustainable partnerships while increasing shareholder value.
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Gerald B. Hammack, President and CEO
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