The Federal Aviation Administration this week issued proposed rules for the remote recognition of drones in the U.S. The “next exciting action in safe drone integration” (their words) intends to use a kind of license plate analog to recognize the some 1.5 million drones currently registered with the governmental body.
The file is currently readily available online through the Federal Register in a kind of draft kind, as part of a 60- day comment duration. The FAA is using the two months to get feedback from drone operators, enthusiasts and basic aviation security wonks.
” Drones are the fastest growing section of transport in our nation and it is critically important that they are securely integrated into the nationwide airspace,” Transport Secretary Elaine Chao said in a declaration.
The rules are clearly an attempt to not only address ongoing safety concerns in high-risk areas like airports and arenas, but likewise to go out in front of ever-crowding skies. Between hobbyists and business interests like UPS and Amazon, it’s simple to think of a lot more concerns, going forward.
Per the draft:
This is a crucial foundation in the unmanned traffic management environment. For example, the capability to recognize and locate UAS operating in the airspace of the United States offers additional situational awareness to manned and unmanned airplane. This will become even more crucial as the number of UAS operations in all classes of airspace boosts. In addition, the ability to determine and find UAS supplies crucial info to law enforcement and other officials charged with ensuring public security.
DJI says it’s “presently reviewing” the proposal, though the drone giant notes that it implemented its own AeroScope remote ID innovation some two years ago, in order to attend to pilots flying too close to issue locations.
” DJI has long advocated for a Remote Identification system that would provide safety, security and accountability for authorities,” VP Brendan Schulman stated in a release. “As we evaluate the FAA’s proposal, we will be assisted by the principle, acknowledged by the FAA’s own Air travel Rulemaking Committee in 2017, that Remote Identification will not be effective if the concerns and costs to drone operators are not reduced.”