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Drone regulation sees total overhaul and greater use restriction

BY 2023, drones unable to broadcast a digital licence plate will be restricted to flying only in approved areas, reports London's Air Cargo News

31 January 2021 - 19:00
BY 2023, drones unable to broadcast a digital licence plate will be restricted to flying only in approved areas, reports London's Air Cargo News.

Remote identification has been a prerequisite for scaling up package delivery and other drone missions. Law enforcement has been pressing for the digital licence plate for years, as it can help identify bad actors.



Thousands of Maryland-based Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association (AOPA) members hold pilot certificates and won't be allowed to conduct night operations without a waiver within weeks, after completing new online training the US Federal Aviation Administration (F) will provide.



The F declared the new rule as a significant step toward the full integration of drones into the national airspace system.



AOPA regulatory affairs director Christopher Cooper declared AOPA's appreciation and support for the F to develop final rules that exhibit many of the changes requested.



'Many of AOPA's concerns were addressed, which will provide flexibility and reduced cost to the recreational and Part 107 communities while ensuring the F and law enforcement are able to identify non-compliant operators,' said Mr Cooper.



'AOPA also strongly supports the explicit prohibition of ADS-B Out for most UAS operations because it may lead to a potential reduction in ADS-B performance for air traffic management and manned aircraft users,' said Mr Cooper.



The final version won't require remote pilots to maintain an internet connection to comply with remote identification requirements, as it'll only require local radio broadcast of that information.


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