FAA to discuss gender-neutral language this week

FAA to discuss gender-neutral language this week

Is a drone unmanned? Or what about one thing extra gender-neutral, like unpiloted? The Federal Aviation Administration is about to debate gender-neutral language in a gathering this week.

Early in 2021, the FAA asked its Drone Advisory Committee to make suggestions on how the FAA and the business may shift to utilizing gender-neutral language. That work started in March — and outcomes from the group’s work are set to reach this week. The DAC is scheduled to return its suggestions to the FAA in a gathering this Wednesday, June 23.

“The want for gender-inclusive language comes because the Biden-Harris Administration works to construct a extra equitable and numerous aviation business,” an FAA spokesperson informed The Drone Girl. “Today, the variety of girls who’re flight coaching college students, business pilots and flight instructors has began to extend. And as new varieties of plane enter the U.S. airspace–like drones and rockets–the chance to convey new individuals into the business has solely grown.”

Still, the variety of girls within the drone business is small. American drone maker Skydio put out a report earlier this yr stating that simply 5% of Skydio 2 drones have been bought by girls.

Discussions about gender-inclusive language on the FAA Drone Advisory Committee degree largely took off through the first digital version of the meeting back in June 2020, when Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics, introduced it up.

Of course, the subject is contentious for some individuals — simply see the replies on that above tweet for extra on that.

Learn extra: Dr. Catherine Ball’s TEDx talk on how drones can close the critical gap in equality

The June 23 assembly shall be held between midday and a pair of:30 p.m. ET, and shall be held nearly. Like earlier DAC conferences held within the COVID-era, this assembly shall be livestreamed, making it free and accessible for the general public to look at. Tune in on the FAA’s Facebook page or the FAA’s YouTube channel.