FAA Accelerates Commercial Drone Adoption with Rule Changes As American Robotics Sets a Milestone

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1Q 2021 | IN-6067


Regulatory Overhaul


On December 28, 2020, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released guidelines outlining small drone flights over people and developed final rules for remote identification of manned aircraft. This allows regulators and drone service vendors to operate Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) and further enables operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) over People (OOP) mainstream. Without the potential to complete these flights safely, the fledgling commercial drone industry will struggle to get off the ground.

The new remote ID rule is particularly important as the FAA requires modifying drone hardware to enable the permanent broadcast of the ID and location of the drone and its control station. If the drone is intended to be operated in U.S. airspace, then every drone manufacturer needs to add a remote ID broadcast module within 18 months after the rule’s effective date of December 28, 2020.

According to the document, while remote ID capability alone will not enable routine expanded operations—including OOP or BVLOS—it is the next step toward getting there. Unman…

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