Drone Remote Registration Coming


As the FAA sorts out the mess created when its drone registration rule was struck down by the courts, it’s already thinking about taking the registration requirement to the next level and requiring operators to transmit their registration information. The drone website wetalkuav.com reported that the first meeting of the FAA’s UAS Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee, held June 23-24, discussed existing technologies available that would broadcast the registration of individual aircraft and the rules that exist to regulate that kind of tracking. The next meeting of the committee is July 18-19.

The technology likely isn’t much of an issue and in March, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) issued a challenge to manufacturers to come up with a workable remote identification system and 45 companies responded. DJI, the biggest manufacturer of consumer drones, has some ideas on how it might all work. “DJI understands that accountability is a key part of responsible drone use, and we have outlined a proposal that balances the privacy of drone operators with the legitimate concerns authorities have about some drone operations,” Brendan Schulman, DJI’s VP of policy and legal affairs, told the website.