US commercial drones to have remote ID systems

A new safety measure has been proposed by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that will allow autonomous delivery drones to integrate into US airspace. In requiring them to be identifiable remotely so other aircraft and air traffic control will be better able to avoid collisions.

“Remote ID technologies will enhance safety and security by allowing the FAA, law enforcement, and Federal security agencies to identify drones flying in their jurisdiction,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.


“As a pilot, my eye is always on safety first,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. “Safety is a joint responsibility between government, pilots, the drone community, the general public and many others who make our nation so creative and innovative.”

Drones, also known as UAS, are growing in number with 1.5 million such aircraft and 160,000 remote pilots currently registered with the FAA at present. In equipping them with remote identification technologies, this will apply to all drones of more than 0.55 pounds in overall weight.

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