The new regulations coming into force next year will clarify and simplify many things about flying drones of 25 decades or less, but there will also be progress in the use of more serious structures.
The first provisions of the long-awaited regulation of drones, which will take effect 60 days after their publication in the Federal Gazette, will be published in January, according to yesterday’s announcement by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The new rules will bring significant changes, especially in relation to the flying of small drones, but will also represent an advance in the commercial use of more serious machines. Devices lighter than £ 0.55 (about 25 decades) can still fly in most cases without the possibility of remote identification (except for outdoor events, for example), and manufacturers of heavier devices will have 18 months to uniquely identify their devices. Drones no longer have to send location data when connected to the Internet, but must broadcast ID messages on the radio – this allows them to be used in areas where no internet connection is provided, among other things. According to a Reuters report, it will also be possible to fly over people or at night, under the right conditions, of course. In the former case, small drones can no longer only fly over their operator or persons in covered areas and vehicles; the rules are already more complex for larger aircraft than for night operations, for example, they must have the required signal lights.
More than 1.7 million drones have been registered in the United States to date, and more than 200,000 have FAA-issued pilot ratings. According to the authority, the new rules represent an important step towards the gradual integration of drones into air traffic, taking into account safety considerations. This would be a spectacular thing, especially for commercial transportation tasks, just as companies in such sectors are already in high competition to develop drone fleets that make deliveries more efficient. The remote ID of the drones actually acts as the equivalent of the license plate and will be a prerequisite for performing more complex operations with them in the future with the necessary safeguards. Next year will also see the amendment proposed last year that small drones should not have rotating parts that could come in contact with people’s skin and injure them.