Cedar Falls, Iowa – On Friday, June 7th, Iowa’s United States Senator Chuck Grassley visited Aerial Services Headquarters in Cedar Falls, Iowa to visit with the company’s leaders and staff. Over the course of the hour spent with the team, the Senator learned about and addressed his perspectives on geospatial, business, and other national topics.
Discussed during the visit were various topics including Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) policy and competition to private firms from non-profits and State-sponsored entities like Universities. Specific unfair competition bills noted were Federal Prisons Industries (H.R. 2098) and Freedom from Government Competition Act (H.R. 1072/S. 523). Aerial Services’ team emphasized the “unintended consequences” of UAS policy and how unfair competition does effect or could negatively affect the geospatial profession.
“The Senator’s visit highlights Aerial Services involvement in geospatial policy and our interest in our State’s and Country’s maximizing such technology into the future,” noted Aerial Services’ President & CEO, Mike Tully. “We often visit with Senator Grassley when visiting Washington, D.C. and are pleased he was able to meet with our employees today.”
Aerial Services leadership encouraged continued dialogue between the Senator’s office and Iowa’s only “hometown” remote-sensing provider. The Senator addressed this and expressed Aerial Services continued involvement in the policy process, such as holding the meeting with him at their offices.
For more information about geospatial policy on a national level, Aerial Services encourages review of the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS) website at http://www.mapps.org. MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised of private geospatial firms and who works to advance geospatial topics.