On September 16, 2023, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be implementing a new ruling on remote identification (remote ID) for unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly known as drones. The new ruling is aimed at enhancing the safety and security of UAS operations, particularly in the airspace of the United States.
Under the new ruling, all drones weighing over 250 grams must have a remote ID system installed, which will transmit identifying information to a UAS service supplier (USS) and the FAA. The remote ID system can either be built into the drone or added externally, and it must meet the technical standards specified by the FAA.
The remote ID system will provide crucial information about the drone, such as its location, altitude, and speed, as well as the identity of the pilot. This information will be transmitted in real-time, allowing the FAA and other authorized parties to monitor UAS operations and respond quickly to any safety or security concerns.
The new ruling will apply to all drones, regardless of their intended use or operator, including recreational and commercial drones. This means that drone hobbyists, as well as businesses that use drones for tasks such as aerial photography, surveying, and package delivery, will be required to comply with the remote ID regulations.
To comply with the new ruling, drone manufacturers will need to integrate remote ID systems into their products, and drone operators will need to ensure that their drones are equipped with the necessary technology. Failure to comply with the remote ID regulations could result in fines and other penalties.
Overall, the new ruling on remote identification is a positive step towards enhancing the safety and security of UAS operations in the United States. By providing real-time information about drones, the remote ID system will help prevent collisions, mitigate security risks, and enable the safe integration of drones into the national airspace system. However, it will also require drone manufacturers and operators to invest in new technology and comply with the regulations, which may present some challenges in the short term.
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Alfred (Al) Diaz