FAA Releases Drone Rules Related to Remote ID, Operations At Night, Over People
Monday, December 28, 2020 | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced final rules for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly known as drones. The new rules require remote ID of drones and allow operators of small drones to fly over people and at night under certain conditions.

These rules come at a time when drones represent the fastest-growing segment in the entire transportation sector with currently more than 1.7 million drone registrations and 203,000 FAA-certified remote pilots.

Remote ID will help mitigate risks associated with expanded drone operations, such as flights over people and at night, and both rules support technological and operational innovation and advancements.

“These final rules carefully address safety, security and privacy concerns while advancing opportunities for innovation and utilization of drone technology,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

Remote ID is a major step toward the full integration of drones into the national airspace system. Remote ID provides identification of drones in flight as well as the location of their control stations, providing crucial information to national security agencies and law enforcement partners, and other officials charged with ensuring public safety. Airspace awareness reduces the risk of drone interference with other aircraft and people and property on the ground.

Equipping drones with remote ID technology builds on previous steps taken by the FAA and the drone industry to integrate operations safely into the national airspace system. Part 107 of the federal aviation regulations currently prohibits covered drone operations over people and at night unless the operator obtains a waiver from the FAA. The new FAA regulations jointly provide increased flexibility to conduct certain small UAS operations without obtaining waiver.

“The new rules make way for the further integration of drones into our airspace by addressing safety and security concerns,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. “They get us closer to the day when we will more routinely see drone operations such as the delivery of packages.”

The Remote ID rule (PDF) applies to all operators of drones that require FAA registration. There are three ways to comply with the operational requirements:
• Operate a standard remote ID drone that broadcasts identification and location information of the drone and control station
• Operate a drone with a remote ID broadcast module that may be a separate device attached to the drone, which broadcasts identification, location and takeoff information
• Operate a drone without remote ID but at specific FAA-recognized identification areas

The Operations Over People and at Night rule applies to Part 107 operators. The ability to fly over people and moving vehicles varies depending on the level of risk a small drone operation presents to people on the ground. Operations are permitted based on four categories. Additionally, this rule allows for operations at night under certain conditions.

The final rule requires that small drone operators have their remote pilot certificate and identification in their physical possession when operating, ready to present to authorities if needed. This rule also expands the class of authorities who may request these forms from a remote pilot. The final rule replaces the requirement to complete a recurrent test every 24 calendar months with the requirement to complete updated recurrent training that includes operating at night in identified subject areas.

Both rules will become effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. The remote ID rule includes two compliance dates. Drone manufacturers will have 18 months to begin producing drones with remote ID, with operators having an additional year to start using drones with remote ID.

Would you like to comment on this story? Find our comments system below.



 
 
Post a comment
Name: *
Email: *
Title: *
Comment: *
 

Comments

No Comments Submitted Yet

Be the first by using the form above to submit a comment!


Education







Events
March 2021

4 - 4
Webinar: FirstNet — Apps Help Agencies Meet the Changing Demands as Incidents Unfold

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3279491754727767567

9 - 9
Webinar: Data Security for a Remote Work Environment in 2021 and Beyond

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6286499926156259341

June 2021

21 - 25
UTC Telecom and Technology Conference
Portland, Oregon
https://utctelecom.org

August 2021

15 - 18
APCO Conference and Expo
San Antonio, Texas
https://www.apco2021.org

More Events >

Site Navigation

Close