FAA Proposes Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems


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As more and more drones take to the sky, safety concerns are rising every day. You’ve probably heard news stories about drones that nearly miss, or even hit, manned aircrafts (see: “Drone Camera Captures Frightening Near Miss With Plane Landing at Las Vegas Airport” and “A news helicopter was struck by a suspected drone over Los Angeles, causing substantial damage“). With the vast number of drones and aircrafts that occupy the US airspace, these incidents will likely continue to occur. Officials are calling for a change—some way to ensure safety in the skies.



The Federal Aviation Administration recently released an announcement regarding a proposal that would do just that: make the airspace a safer place. The proposed change would require UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) to communicate their location, which would allow others to see where UAS are flying. As a result, operators of manned aircrafts and other UAS operators would be able to steer clear of each other, creating a safer flying environment.


The proposal also highlighted the benefit law enforcement officers would see if remote identification became a realty for the drone industry. With the ability to remotely identify aircrafts in the area, law enforcement would be able “to distinguish compliant airspace users from those potentially posing a safety or security risk.”


The FAA’s proposal suggests that remote identification be set up when users register their UAS.


Check out the FAA’s proposal to learn more about remote identification for UAS.


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