Flying weight about 15 lbs
A 499 page document from the FAA has been released (leaked) regarding the “Remote ID” rules—of note is the fact that some of the more onerous requirements for RC flying have been dropped or modified under pressure from the AMA and the 53,000 people that gave their input when the “notice for proposed rule making” was made a year ago. There is a link to both the original article as well as the text with the areas of interest to us in red. I think members of the club might like to be kept informed as to what is going on.
BY DAWN M.K. ZOLDI (COLONEL, USAF, RET) AND JAMES POSS (MAJOR GENERAL, USAF, RET)
Four days before the new year, after 53,000 public comments on the draft rule and almost one year after the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) launch, the waiting is over. The Federal Aviation Administration has released its final Remote Identification (RID) Rule. Inside Unmanned Systems received an advance copy of the 499-page document, and here’s our summary of the new rule. Expect a full review of the rule and its implications in our February-March edition.
What it Is
The rule creates a new Part 89 in Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft. It essentially requires a “digital license plate” for unmanned aircraft (UA) to be operated in the U.S., one that both people on the ground and other airspace users can receive. (See “Types of RID” below for details.). This rule is specifically for UA (the unmanned air vehicle itself) and not unmanned aircraft systems (UAS – which includes the control station and data link). This recognizes that manufacturers might make UA’s that are controlled by another manufacturer’s control stations. More importantly, it ensures that the UA will be broadcasting RID and not the control station. Very important if the UA goes lost link.
The Rule is effective 60 days from the expected publication date in the Federal Register in January 2021. Operators have thirty months and manufacturers have 18 months after this date to comply (i.e., 60 days plus 30 months).
RID Is Needed For
UAs weighing 55 pounds or less that must be registered under part 47 or part 48, with few exceptions. Of note, the FAA scrapped the requirement that all UA obtain a unique registration number. Recreational users remain an exception and can still be issued a single registration number for multiple UAs.
Quorum at 6:38 PM 1/13/2021, meeting convened.
In-person participants: Brad, Steve N., Quan, Steve M.
Online participants: Eric, Jovi, Jeff (late arrival), Carl (late arrival)
Not present: Kenny
Eric keeping notes.
Meeting held at Steve N.’s home.
Brad: Quan working on Right of Entry.
Don’t know what if any site fees will be expected.
Carolyn Estrada (head ranger) to receive new lock combination.
Membership at 201 (1/13/2021).
Guest welcome to 3 visits, but must have AMA Insurance.
Will be checking on watering truck and roller to improve field condition.
Some remaining dilapidated tables will be replaced.
Steve N.: Expects to restart T-28 racing on February 13, 2021.
Jovi: Freeze fly was a good event.
Webpage banner photos need rotating.
Steve M.: Installed Fly Away information sign on main signboard.
Quan: $32,500 at end of 2020 with about 306 members.
$42,000 in bank after new year membership renewal.
Eric: Watering and rolling the field is primary concern.
Jeff: Has a donation Parkzone Sportcub to offer club.
Will replace centerline stripe after field maintenance completed.
Motion to authorize Quan to get field maintenance equipment is approved.
BOD dinner delayed until Covid-19 subsides (expecting mid-year).
Next meeting date February 10, 2021.
Meeting adjourned at 8:06 PM 1/13/2021.
SEFSD Secretary 2021
We closed out 2020 with 306 members, and 201 members renewed or joined so far in 2021. Last December, our club donated 40 blankets to low income seniors at St. Paul’s PACE, a medical assistance program for low income seniors. They are very appreciative of receiving a blanket, as it is usually the only gift they receive for the holiday. We look forward to a great year at our club, and hopefully we can have events again soon!
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Date: January 26, 2021
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