In the light of concerns from law enforcement and security agencies about the problem of concealed explosives. The US government is ordering all the civilian drones to add external markings so that the law enforcement can easily identify their owners. Starting from 23rd of February this new FAA rule will require all small unmanned aircraft to get registered.
In a preview document published by the Federal Register, the FAA explains that the move was in response to the to terrorism fears, specifically “the risk a concealed explosive device poses to first responders who must open a compartment to find the small unmanned aircraft’s registration number.”
Currently, The US government requires you to register certain classes of Drone with FAA and mark them with your ID number. The registration was previously challenged in the court but Trump signed the law later. Although, the rule is in preview at the Federal Register and would not be published until tomorrow. Citizens will have a 30 day comment period to respond to it.
On January 14 FAA announced a proposed framework to allow expanded flights over crowds and populated areas. They are also working on regulations which command that drones broadcast a radio beacon identifying their owners and location. The regulation world needs Drone owner to place registration numbers outside of their devices.
When law enforcement first requires Drone owners to register their aircraft in 2015, they said that the registration number could be placed within the battery compartments. Drone safety and Security have been a matter of worse incidents like disruption to flights into Liberty International Airport in Newark.
On Jan 22 New Jersey, Pilots on the two flights spotted a suspected drone on their final approach path to the runway. Therefore to avoid such incidents FAA might create three new categories with ones weighing 0.55 pounds or less to fly over people, while heavier drones might need to have speed, altitude, location, and injury “severity threshold” requirements so they are secure enough to use.