The Alliance for Drone Innovation (ADI) is encouraging members and the drone community to share with friends and colleagues in the manned aviation community - and request their participation in - the recently published FAA Request for Information (RFI) entitled, "Low Altitude Manned Aviator Participation In UAS Remote Identification.” The FAA is seeking input from manned aviators to understand "how manned aircraft pilots can voluntarily participate in or otherwise benefit from UAS Remote Identification (Remote ID) information." The agency is also interested in learning how the manned aviation can potentially receive and use UAS remote ID information to further enhance safety, by reducing collision risks at lower altitudes.
Ahead of today's Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs markup of the American Security Drone Act (S. 2502), ADI has submitted a letter to the Committee outlining our strong opposition of this misguided legislation. The letter emphasizes ADI's stance against country-of-origin bans on foreign-made drone technology, highlighting the real-world examples of how this law would negatively impact the drone community. It also calls out the potential ramifications for U.S. access to the global supply chain, as well as the risks the bill would pose for federally-funded drone operations across the board. "ADI and our member companies share your concern about the safety and security of all Americans, but the American Security Drone Act of 2019 is not the answer. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you anytime about a solution that meets your goals yet preserves the global supply chain that is critical to the lifeblood of our companies."
On Mar. 2, the Alliance for Drone Innovation (ADI) submitted a comment letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Remote Identification (Remote ID) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). ADI Executive Director Jenny Rosenberg noted that while ADI recognizes the need for this critically important rule, the NPRM, as written, is the wrong approach for the drone community. "ADI strongly supports the FAA’s efforts to formulate a Remote ID standard, as this crucial regulation will be the key to ensuring the safety and soundness of the NAS, while also allowing drone technology to flourish," wrote Rosenberg. "ADI respectfully suggests the FAA consider our recommendations for the areas where we have requested different solutions than the NPRM offers."