The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced its proposal to manage remote identification (ID) for all drones in the United States in late December. The FAA’s Remote ID NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rule Making) constrains manufacturers and customers of UAVs that are designed to fly indoors and in confined spaces. The FAA’s proposed rule takes a blanket approach that applies to all drones/UAVs in every scenario.
The proposal gives a 60-day window where anyone can offer insight on the pros and cons of the proposed rule.
We believe the FAA must revise the Remote ID NPRM. In our response to the FAA, we have outlined the minimal changes that will accommodate the existing industrial inspection UAV industry and other legitimate industries, and allow for future innovation and invention. We have submitted our response to the FAA’s proposed rule:
Our recommended revisions to the current Remote ID proposal represent small removals, changes, or additions that would allow our company and others to continue to develop advanced technologies for the UAV industry and to continue to operate without undue burdens on manufacturing or unfair restrictions on our industrial customers.
The industrial drone industry is growing quickly as organizations use drones to perform tasks instead of putting human workers at risk. Aerospace and defense market analysis firm The Teal Group reports that the civil UAS industry is one of the most dynamic growth sectors over the next decade. Recent Teal Group research forecasts the civil UAS industry to triple over 10 years, while predicting Military UAV production growth of almost $99 billion.
Respond to the FAA Remote ID Proposal
We encourage everyone to respond to the FAA’s proposed rule. Visit the Federal Register website to read The FAA’s Remote ID proposal document.
To submit your online comment, go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal and follow the directions for submitting your comment.