This week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued proposed rules for the remote identification of drones in the U.S. The “next exciting step in safe drone integration” aims to offer a kind of license plate analog to identify some 1.5 million drones currently registered with the governmental body.
Currently, the document is available online through the Federal Register in a kind of draft form, as part of a 60-day comment period. The Federal Aviation Administration is using the two months to solicit feedback from drone operators, enthusiasts, and general aviation safety wonks.
Elaine Chao, Transportation Secretary, mentioned in a statement that “Drones are the fastest-growing segment of transportation in our nation and it is vitally important that they are safely integrated into the national airspace.”
The rules are clearly an attempt to not only address on-going safety concerns in high-risk areas like airports and stadiums but also to get out in front of ever crowding skies.
DJI says it’s “currently reviewing” the proposal, though the drone giant notes that it implemented its own AeroScope remote ID technology some two years ago, in order to address pilots flying too close to problem areas.
Brendan Schulman, VP, mentioned in a release that “DJI has long advocated for a Remote Identification system that would provide safety, security, and accountability for authorities. As we review the FAA’s proposal, we will be guided by the principle, recognized by the FAA’s own Aviation Rulemaking Committee in 2017, that Remote Identification will not be successful if the burdens and costs to drone operators are not minimized.”