FAA Creates 25-Member Drone Task Force for Drone Registration Policy

The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has announced today the 25-member drone registration task force or what the FAA calls the, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration Task Force has been created. The new task force will help advice the FAA on its new drone registration rules in coordination with the Department of Transportation.

On the task force, there is representation from different interest groups, companies, and entities. It was an invitation only and participation in the task force is voluntary. The task force members include;

Nancy Egan – 3D Robotics
Richard Hanson – Academy of Model Aeronautics
George Novak – Aerospace Industries Association
Chuck Hogeman and Randy Kenagy – Air Line Pilots Association
Jim Coon – Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Sean Cassidy – Amazon Prime Air
Ben Gielow–Amazon Retail
Justin Towles – American Association of Airport Executives
Brian Wynne – Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
Parker Brugge – Best Buy
Douglas Johnson – Consumer Electronics Association
Brendan Schulman – DJI
Paul Feldman – General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Dave Vos – GoogleX (Co-Chair)
Tony Bates – GoPro
Matt Zuccaro – Helicopter Association International
Mike Fergus – International Association of Chiefs of Police
John Perry – Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors
Brandon Declet – Measure
Randall Burdett – National Association of State Aviation Officials
Sarah Wolf – National Business Aviation Association
Baptiste Tripard – Parrot
Tyler Collins – PrecisionHawk
Gregory McNeal – Small UAV Coalition
Thomas Head – Walmart

The federal register notice is available for viewing by the public here and the public may also submit comments to the public docket here.  Below is a snippet from the notice;

Federal law requires that a person may only operate an aircraft when it is registered with the FAA. 49 U.S.C. 44101(a). [1] “Aircraft” is defined as “any contrivance invented, used, or designed to navigate, or fly in, the air.” [2] 49 U.S.C. 40102(a)(6). In 2012, Congress confirmed that UAS, including those used for recreation or hobby purposes, are aircraft consistent with the statutory definition set forth in 49 U.S.C. 40102(a)(6). See Public Law 112-95, sec. 331(8), 336 (defining an unmanned aircraft as “an aircraft that is that is operated without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft,” and model aircraft as “an unmanned aircraft that is capable of sustained flight in the atmosphere, flown within visual line of sight of the person operating the aircraft, and flown for hobby or recreational purposes”); see also Administrator v. Pirker, NTSB Order No. EA-5730, at 12 (Nov. 17, 2014) (affirming that the statutory definition of aircraft is clear and unambiguous and “includes any air aircraft, manned or unmanned, large or small.”). Because UAS, including model aircraft, are aircraft, they are subject to FAA regulation, including the statutory  requirements regarding registration set forth in 49 U.S.C. 44101(a), and further prescribed in regulation at 14 CFR part 47.

The task force group will meet formally together November 3rd – 5th to begin developing recommendations for the US Drone Registration process, what the minimum requirements are for drones to be registered. Some of these minimum requirements may include;

  • Drones capable of reaching certain altitudes
  • Drones capable of certain distances from remote transmitters
  • Drones capable of certain speeds
  • Drones capable of certain payloads

More information will be unveiled in November after the task force meets. It’s already been stated that they are looking to have a policy in place by Christmas this year, when millions of new drones will be brought and in the air which could cause additional dangers to pilots, airports, and other airborne FAA licensed crafts.

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