Mr. Yap serves as a subject matter expert for state transportation and industry organizations, sharing his experiences, best practices and recommendations on developing drone technologies and programs. He
serves on and advises national standards-setting committees, including the ANSI Unmanned Aircraft Systems Collaborative, which in 2018 published the comprehensive Standardization Roadmap as a key
resource for nationwide drone deployment.
Mr. Yap secured and directs North Carolina’s participation in the Federal Aviation Administration’s threeyear UAS Integration Pilot Program as one of only 10 U.S. teams selected. The N.C. pilot is creating viable operational concepts, testing tools and developing infrastructure that enables safe drone use for package delivery, particularly medical package delivery, food package delivery and transportation infrastructure inspection over local communities and beyond line of sight. Mr. Yap interfaces with the FAA’s program management team, assesses concepts and emerging UAS technologies, fosters technical interchange towards integrated solutions for advanced UAS urban and rural operations, and coordinates broadly across a diverse team of industry technology experts and government officials to achieve operations within North Carolina. This pilot offers the potential for unleashing a new era of drone use for public and private purposes across the state and the nation.
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