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
You can read NAAA’s full comments here.