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FAA’s Proposed Rule: Remote Identification of UAS – READ AND REACT NOW!

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) are making moves to gain complete control over drones within the next three years through the latest proposed rules for the Remote Identification of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).

In the following video, xjet challenges the FAA to present the comprehensive risk analysis they used to justify the latest proposed rule. He is not wrong; this is very bad.

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According to the official document, Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Docket No.: FAA-2019-1100:

This action would require the remote identification of all UAS operating in the airspace of the United States. 

The remote identification of unmanned aircraft systems in the airspace of the United States would address safety, national security, and law enforcement concerns regarding the further integration of these aircraft into the airspace of the United States while also enabling greater operational capabilities.

The proposed rule would also impose requirements on persons applying for and using FAA-recognized identification areas (areas specifically recognized by the FAA where UAS without remote identification equipment could operate) and requirements for persons developing means of compliance (e.g., standards) that describe how a UAS would be designed and produced to meet the performance requirements proposed in this rule.

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What does this mean exactly?

Over the next 3 years, the FAA wants to relegate every aspect of our drones, including traditional RC models. The FAA wants to control what you fly, how you build it, and where you fly it. They also want to collect all of your data. Let that sink in.

If this rule is enacted, we could see the death of the traditional hobby. I cannot stress how important it is for our readers to read the FAA dock and react to it. We can not rely on the AMA, as they are of no help.

The proposed rule is set to be published in the Federal Register on 12/31/2019, but it is available online here.

Several Ways To React

Send comments identified by docket number FAA-2019-1100 using any of the following methods:

Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to and follow the online instructions for sending your comments electronically.

Mail: Send comments to Docket Operations, M-30; U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Room W12-140, West Building Ground Floor, Washington, DC 20590-0001.

Hand Delivery or Courier: Take comments to Docket Operations in Room W12-140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

Fax: Fax comments to Docket Operations at 202-493-2251.


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