The FAA has published new drone rules for Remote ID and Operations Over People. While it will take some time for the final Remote ID rule to be fully unpacked, the drone industry is weighing the new regulations and the impact they will have. (See the announcement with links to the full text of the rules and a question and answer about the DRONERESPONDERS remote ID.)
AUVSI has been a vocal supporter of evolving the new drone rules and, along with other industry stakeholders, wrote a letter earlier this year asking the FAA to keep their promise to publish the rules by the end of the year. AUVSI called the new rules “critical steps” towards unmanned traffic management (UTM), flight beyond line of sight (BVLOS), operating public safety and inspecting infrastructure and said the release was a step forward.
“AUVSI welcomes the progress made in implementing these final rules,” said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI. “Remote ID will enable more complex UAS operations that will have additional immeasurable benefits for American society. Operations over humans and at night are important steps to enable the integration of drones into our national airspace. We look forward to reviewing these rules and working with the FAA to implement them. “
Others agree that the publication of the rules is evidence of advances in drone integration. “While the implementation of remote identification technology may seem daunting for UAS program managers and operators who have already invested significant budgets in building their drone fleets, finalizing the rules for remote ID and Operations Over People is really an important one Milestone That Should Do This is being celebrated by UAS professionals as they seek to create the safest possible ecosystem for unmanned aerial operations in the National Airspace system, “said Christopher Todd, Executive Director of the Airborne International Response Team (AIRT), the leading 501 ( c) 3 organization that nonprofits supports drones forever.
Leisure flyer and the AMA
The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) was among the organizations that raised concerns about the original Remote ID NPRM because they feared that the rule might not easily begin flying recreational drones. Now, Tyler Dobbs, AMA director of government affairs, says the published rule addresses many of these concerns.
“The final remote ID rule prioritizes the security of the national airspace and at the same time takes into account the longstanding, safe hobby of flying model airplanes. The rule sets requirements that enable experienced pilots and aspiring pilots to continue enjoying our hobby responsibly. Model flying airplanes have proven to be an effective tool for generating interest in high-demand STEM-related areas such as aerospace, engineering and aerospace, “Dobbs said in an AMA statement.
“The last rule allows UAS to operate without remote identification within FAA approved identification areas. This option to meet the remote identification requirements was included in the final rule as a long term solution. AMA operates nearly 2,400 fixed airfields across the country that our members have flown safely and responsibly for decades. All unmanned aircraft at these locations are flown within sight of the operator, which ensures safety and allows the operator to be identified.
“The last rule also provides a sensible solution for operation outside of FAA-approved identification areas using remote identification broadcast modules. This option eliminates the internet connection requirements contained in the proposed rule and allows existing model airplanes to be retrofitted. “
“We are pleased that the FAA has reversed the proposal to require model airplane owners to register each of their model airplanes separately. Now, unmanned aircraft operators flying under the exception for limited recreational activities can still simply register per person with the FAA. “
Escape over people
Dawn Zoldi, CEO of P3 Consulting, wrote an in-depth look at Inside Unmanned Systems. Zoldi points out that moving vehicle operations are an important advancement for advanced operations. “The big news is that this rule allows operations on moving vehicles and the people inside – but think beyond cars and trucks, as the FAA uses the term to include vehicles such as roller coasters, bicycles and jet skis,” Zoldi writes . “This is a very, very welcome change from the NPRM.”
Flight at night
On Twitter, Brendan Schulman, Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs at DJI, says that in addition to Ops Over People, the night surgery rule is an important step forward for many rescue and humanitarian applications. “There’s been a lot of attention this week on the new rules for remote ID and over-people, but the seemingly underrated rule for night operations is how drones save lives,” Schulman tweeted. “Many of the 524 rescue operations on our interactive map are from night operations.”
“Big FAA publications are becoming an annual holiday tradition. Just like the Jelly of the Month Club, RID and OOP should be the gifts given all year round! “Zoldi jokes. “Seriously, these two long-awaited rules should help bring the drone industry closer to repeatable and scalable operations. I’m definitely adding a draft BVLOS rule to my wish-list for next year! “
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