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FAA Issues Two Final Rules for Unmanned Aircraft; Steve Dickson Quoted

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released two final rules that will require remote identification of unmanned aircraft and permits small drone operators to fly at night and over people under specific conditions.

The Remote ID rule covers all operators of aerial drones requiring FAA registration and provides identification of unmanned aircraft in flight and their control stations’ location to help law enforcement and national security agencies ensure public safety, FAA said Monday.

The Operations Over People and at Night rule applies to Part 107 drone operators and will eliminate the need to secure a waiver for operations at night and over people based on four categories. The rule directs small drone operators to have their remote pilot identification and certification with them during operations and requires them to “complete updated recurrent training that includes operating at night in identified subject areas.”

“The new rules make way for the further integration of drones into our airspace by addressing safety and security concerns,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. “They get us closer to the day when we will more routinely see drone operations such as the delivery of packages.” 

The two rules will take effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. The Remote ID rule gives drone producers 18 months to start manufacturing systems with Remote ID and additional year for operators to begin using drones with Remote ID.