More Delays in Issuance of UAS Remote Identification Regulations

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced on Thursday October 3rd, that the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for remote identification of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) has been delayed yet again. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is now scheduled for release sometime in December of this year. These rules will address remote identification, which is the ability of a drone to transmit identifying information to other parties on the ground while operating in the national airspace. Parties would include the Law enforcement officials, Federal security agencies and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Currently, UAS regulations do not provide a way for authorities to identify the owner of the drone from the air with the exception by physical inspection of the self-labeled registration number. Therefore, many drone flights can be conducted anonymously, even those that violate the law and FAA regulations. The FAA aims to enhance the ability of state and federal authorities to respond to reports of a drone operating in an unsafe or unlawful manner such as operation in no-fly zones. The reason for this latest delay has not been released however, the FAA will certainly be under pressure to act promptly and to try to meet this third deadline for release of these rules.

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