U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Issues Two Drone Rules

On December 28, 2020, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced two final rules for Unmanned Aircraft (UA), commonly known as drones. The rules, when they become effective, will require Remote Identification (Remote ID) of drones and allow operators of small drones to fly over people and at night under certain conditions.

“The new rules make way for the further integration of drones into our airspace by addressing safety and security concerns,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson, per the FAA’s press release. “They get us closer to the day when we will more routinely see drone operations such as the delivery of packages.”

Both rules will become effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. There are two compliance dates included in the Remote ID rule. Drone manufacturers will have 18 months to begin producing drones with Remote ID, and operators have an additional year to begin using drones with Remote ID.

FAA Press Release: https://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=25541

Remote ID Final Rule: https://www.faa.gov/news/media/attachments/RemoteID_Final_Rule.pdf

Operations Over People at Night Final Rule: https://www.faa.gov/news/media/attachments/OOP_Final%20Rule.pdf