FAA Proposes UAS Remote Identification
Friday, December 27, 2019 | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to take comments on an action to require the remote identification (remote ID) of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). UAS remote ID in U.S. airspace would address safety, national security and law enforcement concerns regarding the further integration of these aircraft into the airspace and enable greater operational capabilities, the FAA said.

Remote ID is the ability of drone in flight to provide certain identification and location information to people on the ground and other airspace users. The ability to identify and locate UAS operating in U.S. airspace provides additional situational awareness to manned and unmanned aircraft, which will become more important as the number of UAS operations in all classes of airspace increases. In addition, the ability to identify and locate UAS provides critical information to law enforcement and other officials charged with ensuring public safety.

Full implementation of remote identification relies on three interdependent parts that are being developed concurrently, the FAA said. The first is this proposed rule, which establishes operating requirements for UAS operators and performance-based design and production standards for producers of UAS. The second is a network of remote ID UAS service suppliers (USSs) to collect the identification and location in real time from in-flight UAS. The remote ID USS would perform this service under contract with the FAA, based on the same model the FAA uses for the low altitude authorization and notification capability (LAANC). The third part of the remote ID ecosystem is the collection of technical requirements that standards-setting organizations will develop to meet the performance-based design and production requirements in this proposed rule.

Earlier this month, ASTM International released a standard that aims to better identify and track UAS in airspace systems worldwide.

The FAA action is set to be published in the Federal Register Dec. 31. The unpublished version is here.

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