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FAA Issues Remote ID Proposal for Drones

Old 27th Dec 2019, 08:00
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FAA Issues Remote ID Proposal for Drones

FAA issues notice of proposed rulemaking for remote identification of drones

Has link to official proposal documents

From the Washington Post:

In its 319-page proposal, the FAA writes that the “ability to identify and locate” drones “provides critical information to law enforcement and other officials charged with ensuring public safety. . . . This information could be used to distinguish compliant airspace users from those potentially posing a safety or security risk.”

The proposed regulations would not apply to recreational drones that weigh less than 0.55 pounds, which are not required to register with the FAA.
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FAA officials said that, as a security precaution, the new tracking technology would be required for drones to operate. If the technology was “disabled,” an agency official said, the drones would be unable to take off.
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Old 27th Dec 2019, 14:05
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Looks like useless busywork to crowd low-income unmanned flying hobbyists out of the air in favor of high-income hobbyist private pilots and force users to pay for the FAA framework via internet over cell-phones. Which isn't going to be an option in areas where there is spotty to non-existent cell phone service. 300 pages to go, but I don't feel like there will be a mandate on all hobbyist private pilots to force them to include receivers for the drone broadcast and there seems to be nothing for them to get real time continuous info on the internet-only option, so where is the safety?

I can see the eventual result will be putting people into federal prison on per se offenses or bankrupting them with fines and that this will do nothing to stop those deciding to act illegally; it's just security theater that won't save a single person and will likely discourage positive and beneficial uses of drones.
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Old 27th Dec 2019, 16:32
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I don't see all of the millions of existing drones being retrofitted with location technology. And the requirement to register each drone with an individual number will probably take their database down on the first day.
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Old 27th Dec 2019, 18:35
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Old 28th Dec 2019, 09:00
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According to an article in today's NY Times:

The new regulations require all registered drones within 36 months to begin carrying a specific type of remote identification system that broadcasts over the internet.

Often finding an internet connection is not feasible in the locations where drone operators fly, Mr. Aitken said. According to his reading of the rules, if you don’t have cellular service or another way to connect to the internet, operators will have to limit flights to 400 feet laterally, which is roughly to the end of a block — and back.

Search and rescue missions often require going at least four times that distance, he said. “People will literally die from these rules,” he said, adding that other “industries that are thriving with drones like utility inspection, precision agriculture, land surveying, ranch management and even some construction management would suffer greatly” given that the rules undermine efficiency, which for many is part of the appeal of drones.
If true, I would think this could be a deal breaker for many legitimate applications.
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