The Federal Aviation Administration is seeking public input on a proposed rule to mandateÂ remote identification for unmanned aerial systems seeking airspace authorizations.
FAA said Thursday the rule covers drones that weigh more than 0.55 pounds as well asÂ operators of foreign civil UAS. The policyÂ will not apply to recreational drones or small UAS that fall below the designated weight class.
The agency noted that the rule will support the development of policies for more complex UAS operations such as beyond-visual-line-of-sight flights. The rule will also help FAA in its efforts to establish an air traffic management system for UAS.
FAAâs previously launched efforts toÂ safely integrateÂ small UAS into the national airspace and automate theÂ authorization process for UAS operators.
Elaine Chao, secretary of the Department of Transportation, said remote ID technologies can help âenhance safety and securityâ by allowing the FAA as well as federal and other law enforcement authorities to identify drones flying within their jurisdiction.
There are currently 1.5 million drones and around 160,000 pilots registered with the FAA, according to the agency.