The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced a proposed rule that would continue the safe integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly called drones, into the nation’s airspace by requiring them to be identifiable remotely.
Besides recreational use, drones are hugely popular in the building industry due to the fact that they provide an aerial view of a site at a comparatively smaller amount of the cost of the construction.
This means they can be used to develop plans, track progress and monitor any issues throughout the construction process.
Across the U.S., and throughout the world, drones are being used more and more in firefighting operations. Drones help firefighters collect vital information about ongoing fires, which helps them focus their efforts on where their help is most needed, keep them from harm’s way, and save lives
Drones can capture video, take high-resolution images and do laser scanning remotely by an operator on the ground.
FAA Administrator Steve Dickson, says, “As a pilot, my eye is always on safety. Safety is a joint responsibility between government, pilots, the drone community, the general public, and many others who make our nation so creative and innovative.”
According to Drone Nodes, construction companies believe that drones are here to stay because they create a better working environment for employees.
While the uses of drones do not include the actual labor phase of construction (yet), they play a huge role in the planning and analysis process.
It is a simplified, budget-friendly and faster way to provide an up-to-date aerial view of a site. This has made drones quite popular in the construction industry. This sort of area coverage, in particular, could only previously be made possible with a manned aircraft.
According to the FAA news release, drones are a fast-growing segment of the entire transportation sector – nearly 1.5 million drones and 160,000 remote pilots are registered with the FAA.
Equipping drones with remote identification technologies would build on previous steps taken by the FAA and the UAS industry to safely integrate operations, including the small UAS rule, which covers drones weighing less than 55 pounds, and the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), which automates the application and approval process for most UAS operators to obtain airspace authorizations.
These efforts lay the foundation for more complex operations, such as those beyond visual line of sight at low altitudes, as the FAA and the drone industry move toward a traffic management ecosystem for UAS flights separate from, but complementary to, the air traffic management system.
The proposed Remote ID rule would apply to all drones that are required to register with the FAA (recreational drones weighing under 0.55 pounds are not required to register), as well as to persons operating foreign civil UAS in the U.S.