The FAA Reauthorization Act signed by the President last October will provide funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the next five years, it will also lead to a number of substantive changes to the rules governing small unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”). Many are hoping that this new law will push the FAA to move more quickly towards integrating UAS into the national airspace system.
The FAA Reauthorization Act repeals Section 336, under which currently all hobbyist drone operators fly. Going forward all drone pilots may be required to register their aircraft and take an aeronautical knowledge test. Current regulations require hobbyist to register their aircraft but not pass their Part 107 aeronautical knowledge test.
The below list highlights some of the major directives to the FAA.
Remote ID: Remote ID will allow the FAA, law enforcement, etc., to identify the pilot or operator of a UAS that is not flying in accordance with regulations, similar to a license plate.