Officials with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) say they are “very concerned” that the FAA’s proposed rule on remote identification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) — commonly known as drones — could have a severe detrimental impact on traditional model aviation.
The rule would require most UAS, no matter whether they are drones or traditional model aircraft, to carry equipment that identifies the device and broadcasts its location. Additionally, many would be required to be equipped with geofencing systems that autonomously contain the craft within a defined altitude and lateral boundary.
“While EAA is primarily an organization that fosters and supports passion for manned flight, we recognize the modeling community as an important pathway into aviation,” officials said.[Read more…]