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Drone Advisory Committee to Recommend Using Gender-Neutral Language for Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has asked its Drone Advisory Committee (DAC), of which Trish is a member, to explore moving away from words like “unmanned,” “manned,” “airman” and other gender-specific terms for drones as the Agency and aviation industry look to attract a more diverse and younger group of people to the field.

Trish said the panel was displaying leadership by taking on the task and helping to move forward a conversation that also was happening within the Department of Transportation’s Women in Aviation Advisory Board and internationally at International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

“Well, you had me at ‘Hello’ on this one,” said Trish. “It is not a small thing. It may seem like that to some that have been in industry for quite a while. It really is a very important piece, I think.”

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