FAA Modifies Rules for Drone Use

Unmanned drones will need remote identification under a rule announced by the Federal Aviation Administration.

In a news release, the FAA said the rules address safety, security and privacy concerns while advancing opportunities for the use of drone technology.

The rules will become effective 60 days after being published in the Federal Register.

There are more than 1.7 million drones registered with the FAA and 203,000 FAA-certified remote pilots.

The railroad industry has tested or uses drones for such things as track and bridge inspections.

Remote ID are used to identify drones in flight as well as the location of their control stations.

That information can be used by national security, law enforcement and other public safety officials.

The FAA said equipping drones with remote ID technology builds on the earlier steps taken by the agency and drone technology developers to integrate the use of drones into the national airspace system.

Under existing federal regulations, drones cannot be operated at night over people without an FAA waiver.

The FAA has proposed allowing small drone operators to have their remote pilot certificate and identification in their physical possession when operating and ready to present to authorities if needed.

The rule also will expand the class of authorities who may request these forms from a remote pilot, FAA officials said.

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