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Remote ID: New U.S. drone legislation due in December

Steve Dickson, of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), recently said during the UAS Summit & Expo 2020 virtual event that the Remote ID for Drones should be completed by December this year. The remote identification system is a key component for the introduction of unmanned aerial vehicles into the United States’ airspace, and can allow a centralized system to identify these aircraft in real time. According to the remote identification system defined in the regulations proposed by the FAA in 2019, drone operators are expected to send the position, location, speed, and identification of their drone to a centralized system that service providers can access and obtain information almost in real time. Dickson said at the event that the new drone legislation is currently being examined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). According to him, this would be the last step before the official publication of the legislation. He did not mention a specific date, but he believes it should be published by December this year.