Out ‘manned’: FAA committee urges gender-neutral drone terms to encourage greater diversity

All societies have historically been dominated by males – particularly in business, especially in aviation, and certainly in drone activity. That influence is reflected in commonly used male-specifying terms like “airman,” “unmanned,” and – can we even note this one without wincing? – “cockpit.” Now a panel advising the Federal Aviation Committee (FAA) wants that to change.

FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee seeks greater inclusion and diversity via unbiased language

The FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) delivered a report Wednesday recommending the adoption of gender-neutral language to replace masculine-heavy terminology in what inclusivity critics might well call the “brone” world. Those changes in an activity where men – and male-specific terms – are considered particularly overrepresented seek to initiate new thinking and attitudes, and stimulate greater diversity among leisure and business drone participants. They’re also intended to be…