Drone Manufacturers Alliance Pleased With FAA Drone Committee Recommendations

Drone Manufacturers Alliance Pleased With FAA Drone Committee Recommendations

Report Says Drones Should Locally Broadcast Identification And Tracking Information


Contact: Kara Calvert, Executive Director




December 19, 2017 – The Drone Manufacturers Alliance, the organization representing manufacturers of the majority of civilian drones, is pleased that a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) committee report released today recommends that authorities identify and track airborne drones by receiving local signals from them.


The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) report demonstrates that local broadcast technology is a viable and efficient way to address safety and security concerns about drones. With remote identification standards in place, the FAA can move forward on rulemaking to allow more expansive beneficial uses of drones, including by flying at night, over people and beyond the operator’s visual line of sight.


“The Drone Manufacturers Alliance believes law enforcement, national security and aviation safety authorities need a simple and reliable way to monitor airborne drones. We appreciate how the ARC’s careful work has shown that direct broadcast technologies are the most efficient way to transmit, receive and analyze drone identification information,” said Kara Calvert, Director of the Drone Manufacturers Alliance. “We urge the FAA to use this report to implement technologies that will pose a minimal burden upon drone users and manufacturers, which will encourage compliance, and keep the skies safe for drones, traditional aviation and the general public.”


The ARC report recommended that most drones in popular use today should provide their identification and flight tracking information to authorities by directly broadcasting that data to localized receivers. This system would function like an automobile license plate, providing a basic identification code that authorities can use to learn more about a drone’s operation. Some drones would be allowed to use a networked system as an optional alternative, if an internet connection is available.


The Drone Manufacturers Alliance encourages regulatory authorities to note the ARC report’s conclusion that several promising drone tracking and monitoring technologies can be implemented without adding additional equipment to drones. Integrated solutions using existing drone equipment will encourage the use of drones for beneficial purposes, whereas new equipment requirements would add cost and engineering complexity to drones as well as impose new burdens and costs upon the people who use them.



About Drone Manufacturers Alliance


The Drone Manufacturers Alliance is a coalition of industry leaders, including 3DR, DJI, GoPro and Parrot that serves as the voice for drone manufacturers and customers across civilian, governmental, recreational, commercial, nonprofit and public safety applications. The coalition advocates for policies that promote innovation and safety for all users of small drones, and create a practical and responsible regulatory framework. To learn more, visit: http://dronemanufacturersalliance.org.