Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives Panel on Transportation and Infrastructure drafted a letter – and a clear message – to Division of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao: move ahead on remote ID for drones.
The letter reads: “We write to register our ongoing concerns concerning the continuing delay in the issuing of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) rule requiring remote identification for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and urge you to commit the mandatory staff and resources for the speedy publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on this topic.”
The panel says that the failure to complete Remote ID poses “severe dangers” to the airspace and also “stifle innovation” in the drone sector.
The letter points out the extent of the slip: the 2016 FAA Authorization Extension called for the laws or guidance to be issued by July of 2018. From the introduction of rulemaking on remote ID in February of 2018 to a declared publication date of May 2019. Besides, enactment of Remote ID is a far war off.
Lawmakers point out that the FAA can’t use the excuse that Section 336, which stopped the agency from enacting new regulations for model aircraft, prevents them from making guidelines on Remote ID.
That Part has now been repealed; however, the requirements for remote ID are still not forthcoming.
There are many reasons for this – the technology isn’t secure, there are some strategies and talks over which is finest, and multiple stakeholders in the mix. Nonetheless, the Committee’s frustration with the procedure comes across clearly in the letter – and they’re now asking the DOT to be answerable.