2021 FAA Drone Rules Paving the Way for Home Deliveries

    In December 2020, the FAA published a new set of proposed drone rules, and while there was a loosening..

2021 FAA Drone Rules Paving the Way for Home Deliveries
Thursday January 28th 2021 - 4:50 AM EST

By: Air Aspects

    In December 2020, the FAA published a new set of proposed drone rules, and while there was a loosening of some rules, some more restrictive rules were added.
    Although not due to be fully implemented until 2023, the new rules come into effect this year.
    There is some loosening of rules, notably for commercial drone pilots ability to fly over people and at night, but there are also more restrictive rules involving a new system called Remote ID - drone tracking measures aimed at addressing security and safety issues raised by drones.

   Remote ID is aimed at providing identification of drones in flight, as well as the location of the pilot.
    This is so that national security agencies and law enforcement can quickly locate any drone that is behaving illegally or suspiciously.
    Remote ID will also immediately identify the owner’s identity and their location.
    The Remote ID rule applies to all operators of drones that require FAA registration, which is any drone weighing more than 250g (.55lb)
    Because there is no ’grandfather clause’ in the new rules, all current drone owners will be affected, either having to pay to upgrade their drones, or to sign up for a paid web-based tracking service.
    People flying recreationally will have a choice of either adding remote ID to their drone, so they can fly wherever they currently can, or only being able to fly in special FAA Recognized Identification Areas.
    The fact that drones will have to be trackable means that things will get easier for commercial pilots to operate in more restricted airspace, and also to be able to fly over people or at night.  Both of these previously involved lengthy applications for special waivers issued by the FAA.
    The best thing about Remote ID is that it will make people who are flying illegally and dangerously easier to crack down on.
    Over the last few years there have been many instances of people flying illegally near airports, or hovering over emergency situations like fires or traffic accidents, while there are law enforcement or medical helicopters around.
    These have often ended with dangerous situations happening; in a recent incident a drone collided with an LAPD helicopter.
    The new rules also require all drone operators to carry their FAA certificate and identification, to present to authorities if needed. It also expands on which authorities who may request these forms from a pilot.
    Hopefully,  knowing that their actions are being monitored closely may now deter the more impulsive people from flying dangerously.

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