EAA to FAA: Remote ID Rule Threatens Model Flying

 - March 4, 2020, 11:45 AM

The FAA’s proposed rule for unmanned aerial system (UAS) aircraft to have remote identification is an “overreaching answer” to integrating UAS aircraft into the National Airspace System and “threatens traditional pathways into manned aviation,” as well as model aircraft flying, according to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).

In comments submitted to the FAA, EAA said that, in an attempt for regulations to keep pace with UAS technology, the rule will harm the “freedoms and longstanding safe operations maintained by the traditional model aviation community. That community has little in common with UAS operations that the FAA seeks to regulate, especially in such areas as non-line-of-sight operations and within controlled airspace.”

Under the proposed rule, model aircraft would be permitted to operate without remote identification equipment if they are operated within visual line of sight and within an FAA-recognized identification area.

EAA offered alternatives it said would fully regulate UAS operations, while acknowledging the safety and compliance record of traditional model aviation. These solutions include allowing multiple model aircraft owned by one operator to remain a single registration; creation of a notification system not reliant on on-site internet connectivity; and establishment of FAA-recognized identification areas, such as model aircraft flying fields, via the FAA’s online operations safety system.

More than 44,000 comments on the proposal were submitted to the FAA by the March 2 deadline.