AUVSI Reporting – 10 September 2019

The U.S. Department of Transportation has postponed the publication of two proposed rules to extend the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Remote Identification of UAS was pushed back to December 20, and another for flights over critical infrastructure to September 2020. The proposed Remote ID rule by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was anticipated for release this month.

The FAA didn’t explain the reason for the delay. But AUVSI President and CEO Brian Wynne said he was disappointed by the news. “The need for remote identification cannot be overstated, as the advancement of the UAS industry depends on identifying and tracking UAS flying in the airspace,” he said. The publication of a proposal for regulation to establish criteria and procedures for operators and owners of eligible fixed site facilities to apply to the FAA for a UAS-specific flight restrictions had been moved up to next month from its original release date of March 2020. The proposal is also known as the Section 2209 rule in reference to the part of the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 in which Congress directed the FAA to start the application process to restrict flights over sites the agency determines as critical infrastructure.