This week FAA finally released the Controversial UAS remote ID and tracking ARC report. As per the ARC final report
“34 committee members concurred with the recommendations as written; 20 concurred, but with exceptions; eight dissented; and 12 did not respond.”
Earlier this year the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA or the Agency) chartered the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Identification (ID) and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) (UAS-ID ARC) to provide recommendations to the FAA regarding technologies available for remote identification and tracking of UAS.
In December 2015, the FAA issued an interim final rule entitled “Registration and Marking for Small Unmanned Aircraft.” This rule implemented recommendations from the Registration Task Force by creating an online registration portal for commercial and recreational small UAS. It also required owners to mark their aircraft with a unique identifier, but it did not include provisions for identifying unmanned aircraft during operations. The FAA recognizes the potential value remote identification would have to public safety and the safety of the National Airspace System (NAS).
The FAA chartered the UAS-ID and Tracking ARC to inform the FAA on available technologies for remote identification and tracking, shortfalls in available standards, and make recommendation for how remote identification may be implemented.