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April 16, 2020
NAAA Submits Member Input to FAA About Drone ID/Tracking Equipment Enforcement

This week, NAAA submitted a response to an FAA request for information (RFI) regarding how manned aircraft can potentially receive and use UAS remote tracking ID information to further enhance safety by reducing collision risks with drones at low altitudes.


NAAA thanks all the operator and pilot members who responded to NAAA’s request for feedback to better inform the association’s comments to ensure the FAA makes UAS tracking and ID regulations effective by fully understanding the cockpit workloads and work environment of ag aviators.


NAAA explained the primary purpose of UAS tracking and ID should be for the enforcement of  regulations pertaining to drones, such as recording and saving data about drone flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), flights over people, and for confirming UAS sighting reports by manned aviators. This is why it is critical UAS tracking and ID data must be saved in a database for a minimum of 90 days, so the data can be crosschecked against reports of UAS engaged in unsafe or illegal activity.


The comments went on further to explain that no new equipage requirements should be required by manned aviators for UAS tracking and ID, however tracking and ID data could be integrated into existing GPS or ADS-B systems.


You can read NAAA’s full comments here.

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