There’s been a lot of talk in December regarding new FAA regulations for drone operators and how they will operate going forward in 2021.
According to this article in Tech Crunch, there are at least two new rules for drone pilots in the U.S.
First, a remote ID system needs to be operational for all drone pilots and their drones. The system would broadcast identifying details, location and other information. The drone operators have one of three methods to fulfill this requirement:
- Operate a standard remote ID drone broadcasting the location information of the drone and the control station.
- Operate the drone with a remote ID broadcast module that may be a separate device attached to the drone that broadcasts identification, location and take-off information.
- Operate a drone without the remote ID but at specific FAA-recognized identification areas.
Secondly, there is a new “Operations Over People and at Night” rule which regulates the ability of the drone to fly over people and to fly at night. The rule features several different qualifications for compliance including drone weight, anti-collision lights and more.
Here’s an interesting statistic, according to the FAA: there are more than 1.7 million drones registered in the U.S. with around 203,000 certified drone pilots.
If your company sells drones or uses drones in any capacity for your customers on job sites, check out the article link above for more information. It includes a link to the specific FAA regulations.
If you’re interested in further explanation, we’ve posted a link to a webinar in January hosted by ENR on social media.
We’re trying to connect with some of our RSA members who are knowledgeable on this subject.
Look for their responses in the blog next week!