January 22, 2020
  • 2:34 pm Committee Leadership Comes into Focus for 116th Congress
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  • 2:15 pm In Memoriam: President George H. W. Bush, ISTEA, and Transportation
  • 1:56 pm Growth Projected for Transportation Projects, but Costs a Challenge
  • 1:35 pm FAA Reshuffles Executives, Plans Drone Identification Rulemaking in Spring 2019
  • 1:28 pm Predictive Technology Helps Reduce Crashes on I-15 Corridor in Las Vegas
  • 1:14 pm Video Report: MoDOT Produces Multi-Lingual Safety Message
  • 1:11 pm PennDOT Nears Completion of Rapid Bridge Replacement Project
  • 1:08 pm Infrastructure Grants Awarded to “Smaller” South Dakota Communities
  • 12:29 pm USDOT Stresses Need to Reserve 5.9 GHz Channel at TRB
  • 12:27 pm USDOT’s Chao Highlights New Vehicle Safety Initiatives at TRB
  • 12:19 pm State DOTs Renew Focus on Ways to Reduce Traffic Fatalities
  • 12:13 pm State DOT Roundtable Highlights Asset Management Needs
  • 12:06 pm USDOT Preps $906M Worth of INFRA Funding for FY 2020

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on December 26 that would mandate the remote identification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems or UAS – commonly called drones – so they can be more safely integrated in the U.S. airspace system.

[Above photo by the FAA.]

Dubbed the “Remote ID” rule, it would apply to all drones that are required to register with the FAA as well as to persons operating foreign civil UAS in the United States.

Recreational drones weighing less than half a pound are not required to register, the agency noted in a statement.


Nearly 1.5 million drones and 160,000 remote pilots are currently registered with the FAA, the agency added, and equipping drones with remote identification technologies would build on previous steps taken this year to safely integrate them into the nation’s airspace.

Drone use is also increasing rapidly among state departments of transportation, as the video report below details.

According to a survey conducted by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials earlier this year, 36 out of 50 state departments of transportation or 72 percent are now funding centers or programs to operate drones. That’s up from 20 out of 44 state DOTs or 45 percent in AASHTO’s 2018 survey.

On top of that, seven out of 10 state DOTs polled by AASHTO said they have hired “hundreds of staff” to manage drone operations. Those state DOTs, 36 in total, also reported having 279 FAA-certified drone pilots on staff or approximately eight pilots per state, the organization noted.


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