FAA Establishes Drone I.D. Rulemaking Committee


Whose drone is that?

It’s a critical question for law enforcement and homeland security when an unmanned aircraft (UAS) appears to be flying in an unsafe manner or where it’s not supposed to fly.

Currently, there are no established requirements or voluntary standards for electrically broadcasting information to identify an unmanned aircraft while it’s in the air.

To help protect the public and the National Airspace System from these “rogue” drones, the FAA is setting up a new Aviation Rulemaking Committee (PDF) that will help the agency create standards for remotely identifying and tracking unmanned aircraft during operations.

The rulemaking committee will hold its first meeting June 21-23 in Washington, DC.

The group’s membership (PDF) represents a diverse variety of stakeholders, including the unmanned aircraft industry, the aviation community and industry member organizations, manufacturers, researchers, and standards groups.

UAS ID ARC Confirmed Membership Includes

  • A3 & Aerial by Airbus
  • Academy of Model Aeronautics
  • Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)
  • Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA)
  • Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA)
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
  • Airmap
  • Airspace Systems, Inc.
  • Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE)
  • Amazon Prime Air
  • American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE)
  • American Petroleum Institute (API)
  • Analytical Graphics, Inc.
  • Ariascend/DUGN
  • Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
  • ASTM International
  • AT&T
  • BNSF Railway
  • California Highway Patrol, Office of Air Operations
  • College Park, MD Airport
  • Commercial Drone Alliance
  • Consumer Technology Association (CTA)
  • CTIA/Akin Gump
  • DJI Technology
  • DLA Piper
  • Drone Aviator, Inc.
  • Dronsystems Limited
  • Fairfax County Police Department
  • Farris Technology
  • Flight Safety Foundation
  • FlyTransparent/Black River Systems Company
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
  • General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)
  • General Electric Aviation
  • Globalstar
  • Grand Forks Sheriff’s Office
  • Hangar51
  • Helicopter Association International (HAI)
  • Insitu, Inc.
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Intel Corporation
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • Just Innovation
  • Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)
  • Metropolitan Police Department
  • Miami Beach Police Department
  • Miami-Dade International Airport
  • Montgomery County Police Department
  • National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA)
  • National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO)
  • National Governors Association (NGA)
  • New York City Police Department
  • News Media Coalition (NMC)
  • Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
  • PrecisionHawk
  • Professional Helicopter Pilots Association (PHPA)
  • Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission (PSAAC)
  • Qualcomm
  • RelmaTech
  • Rockwell Collins
  • RTCA
  • SAE International
  • SkyPod, USA
  • Skyward, A Verizon Company
  • Texas Department of Public Safety, Aircraft Operations Division
  • The Brookings Institution
  • The MITRE Corporation
  • The Police Foundation
  • The Toy Association
  • T-Mobile USA
  • uAvionix
  • Verizon
  • X

The rulemaking committee will address several major tasks:

  • Identify, categorize and recommend available and emerging technologies for the remote identification and tracking of UAS.
  • Identify requirements for meeting the security and public safety needs of law enforcement, homeland defense, and national security communities for remote identification and tracking.
  • Evaluate the feasibility and affordability of the available technical solutions, and determine how well they address the needs of law enforcement and air traffic control communities.

Eventually the recommendations produced could help pave the way for drone flights over people and beyond visual line of sight.