UAS Groups Prod DOT on Remote ID Rule

 - September 29, 2020, 12:37 PM

A trio of UAS industry groups is urging the FAA not to delay the intended December release of rulemaking covering remote identification requirements (ID) for unmanned aerial systems. In a letter sent Tuesday to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the Consumer Technology Association, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Technology Engagement Center encouraged the Department of Transportation and the FAA to proceed without delay and “support a final rule that sets performance requirements, rather than specifying particular solutions for remote ID compliance.”

The groups noted that they all had provided substantial input regarding “minor changes” sought to the prospective rule to DOT during the notice of proposed rulemaking public comment period and hoped “these changes have been considered.” 

The industry groups noted that remote ID standards will be “the linchpin needed for future rulemaking to pave the way for transformative uses of UAS with significant benefits for our economy and society.” They also pointed out other benefits of the technology, including real-time UAS identification, safer and more secure airspace, the role the technology is likely to have in developing UAS traffic management, and “driving public acceptance of UAS.”