FAA: New drone rules address safety, provide more operational flexibility

Dive Brief:

  • The FAA has released final rules for drones regarding remote identification and flying over people, paving the way for more delivery drone operations, according to an agency press release[1]
  • The new FAA rules will require remote identification of drones and allow small drones to fly over people and at night in specific conditions. Remote identification, referred to as a “digital license plate,” provides the drone’s control station location and allows law enforcement to identify the drone in flight. Operators will be required to carry a remote pilot certificate and identification when actively using their drone. 
  • Though these rules, which will become effective 60 days after they are published in the Federal Register, have been long-awaited, other obstacles stand in the way of widespread adoption of drones for logistics.

Dive Insight:

The logistics industry has seen a flurry of drone activity with UPS[2]Amazon Prime[3]Walmart[4] and others working closely with the FAA. But widespread adoption for these operations has been precluded by the slow pace of regulation. New drone rules bring that future a little closer to reality.

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