Greg McNeal Appointed To FAA Aviation Rulemaking Committee

Committee will help the agency create standards for remotely identifying and tracking unmanned aircraft during operations

Earlier this year I was appointed to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Remote ID Aviation Rulemaking Committee.  This is my third Aviation Rulemaking Committee.

From the FAA’s Announcement:

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 represents a diverse variety of stakeholders, including the unmanned aircraft industry, the aviation community and industry member organizations, manufacturers, researchers, and standards groups. The rulemaking committee will have several major tasks to:

  • 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 it produces could help pave the way for drone flights over people and beyond visual line of sight.

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