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Drone Policy: Protecting GA Flight Safety and Airspace Access

Congress has charged the FAA to develop rulemaking and policy for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the national airspace. Current policy includes the Remote Identification Rule, which requires that all drones possess Remote Identification or operate in a FAA-Recognized Identification Area (FRIA) while maintaining visual line-of-sight rules.

EAA is working to ensure that the UAS policies are acceptable to the GA community in terms of airspace access and flight safety. EAA holds three main goals to support the safe integration of UAS in the national airspace:

  1. The safety of manned aircraft must be the top priority in any discussions of UAS integration
  2. No new airspace restrictions should be forced on manned operations because of drone flights
  3. Aircraft owners and pilots should not have to be required to install new equipment to track and ‘see’ drones beyond that already required by FAA regulation

We will strenuously oppose any policy that allows UAS operators to create hazardous situations or onerous airspace restrictions for general aviation aircraft.

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