The new rules, detailed here by the FAA on Monday, will require remote identification of small drones while allowing operators to fly over them “over people and at night under certain conditions.” The introduction of remote identification, seen by the FAA as “a major step” towards the full integration of drones into the country’s air traffic, marks an attempt to limit the risks associated with the expansion of the use of personal drones.
In a statement, FAA administrator Steve Dickson explained how these new rules will benefit home delivery services in the future.
“The new rules make way for further integration of drones into our airspace by addressing safety and security concerns,” Dickson said Monday. “They bring us closer to the day when we will see drone operations such as parcel delivery more regularly.”
The new rules, which also include the requirement for anti-collision lights for evening use, will come into effect 60 days after their publication in the federal registry in January 2021. At this point, drone manufacturers will have a period of 18 months to start. craft manufacturing equipped with remote identification capabilities.
Back in August, Amazon announcement he had obtained an FAA certification which would allow the company to begin testing customer deliveries by drone.
“We will continue to develop and refine our technology to fully integrate delivery drones into airspace, and work closely with the FAA and other regulators around the world to realize our vision of a 30-hour delivery. minutes, ”said David Carbon, vice president of Prime Air. CNBC at the time.