The FAA has delayed the anticipated release of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for Remote Identification and Tracking until December 20, 2019. According to the latest update, the Publication Date has been delayed until December and the End of Comment Period has been pushed back to February 01, 2020.
Lawmakers and industry experts voiced frustration after the last remote ID delay announcement. Remote ID rulemaking is seen by the government and industry as the cornerstone to enable the mass expansion of advanced commercial drone use.
Remote ID will also allow law enforcement, aviation authorities, and other security officials to search for a drone by a unique identifier and find out information about the pilot. Remote ID rules would go hand-in-hand with registration rules to prevent rogue drone flights around airports, stadiums, prisons, or critical infrastructures.
Without remote ID, many advanced applications such as flight over people, beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) and nighttime drone use will be limited. Remote ID will ensure safety and increase public trust in UAS technology as it involves.