Official Consortiq Feedback for the NPRM of Distant Identification of Unmanned Plane Programs – sUAS Information


Consortiq’s mission is to assist organizations make the most of UAS safely by means of consultancy, coaching and innovation. Our govt coaching and consulting crew collectively has over 40 years of flying, 20,000 industrial hours, and over 10 years within the civilian UAS trade. We imagine that it’s notably related to level out that lots of Consortiq’s workers have expertise as first responders (fireplace and police providers) in addition to Air Visitors Management administration.

Our international crew contains instructors and consultants who’ve developed and executed UAS options for European, African, North American and South American federal and state authorities authorities. Consortiq has additionally labored with giant power producers, safety organizations, financial growth packages and lots of giant personal aviation firms in addition to UAS operators and finish customers.

Consortiq was chosen as a steering committee lead by the Affiliation for Unmanned Car Programs Worldwide (AUVSI) to research and set up finest practices, codes of conduct, coaching requirements, and professionalism for UAS operations. Consortiq was then chosen as an early adopter Coaching Supplier for the Trusted Operator Program (TOP® ). Moreover, Consortiq was awarded first place for the AUVSI Xcellence Award in Schooling and Coaching at
the 2018 Xponential Convention.

Consortiq believes that our distinctive and trusted place in the usindustry permits us to know the true world necessities and penalties of integrating UAS into the Nationwide Airspace System. Consortiq additional understands that the technological, logistical and administration features of such an enterprise will probably be difficult and can seemingly require adjustment and refinement because the system is applied and utilized. For that reason we perceive that the system won’t be good when applied nonetheless all efforts ought to be made to establish and alter necessities that may clearly and unnecessarily adversely have an effect on security, effectivity, and privateness.

The next factors are thought-about by Consortiq to wish further consideration. The place relevant we now have outlined options for mitigating the envisioned problems or obstacles.


Before everything Consortiq understands that Distant ID has a spot in guaranteeing the continued confirmed and distinctive security document that UAS has within the NAS. It’s properly accepted that UAS have operated within the NAS as leisure and industrial craft for greater than 50 years with only a few incidents.

We do acknowledge that as “drones” have change into cheaper and extra out there, extra have been reported to the FAA as being flown recklessly or illegally, nonetheless the overwhelming majority of those reviews are unconfirmed and an excellent bigger majority didn’t trigger any confirmed injury, harm or interruption of actions by any means.

Realizing the above, it’s completely understood that further management and administration strategies are wanted as UAS numbers enhance and are applied for extra makes use of in everyday life. Nevertheless, a obtrusive omission in assist of distant ID because it helps elevated security is a publicly out there danger evaluation that particulars the regulatory impression and the sound science that helps the proposed new regulation.

The truth is, the evaluation of all at present out there information associated to UAS working within the NAS helps the conclusion that there is no such thing as a security case for implementing distant ID. In brief, the NPRM doesn’t present data on any incident that distant ID would have prevented. Consider, people that interact in malicious actions will purposely not comply with laws that may hinder their potential to finish their job.

No matter any regulation or enforcement, tools will at all times be out there to allow customers to function a UAS that doesn’t adjust to a distant ID requirement. Distant ID will completely not have an effect on the power for a nasty actor to make use of UAS for malicious intent.


As proposed, the distant ID requirement will put the RPIC of a UAS at private danger each time they’re piloting. The power for anybody, public and regulation enforcement, to find and subsequently method an RPIC whereas they’re in charge of a UAS will topic the RPIC to at the very least distraction, and at worst bodily hurt. It’s well-known that almost all of the general public don’t perceive the makes use of and capabilities of UAS. There are lots of documented situations of UAS operators being confronted by members of the general public that incorrectly assume the RPIC is utilizing a UAS to violate their rights. Spying, and trespassing are two of the extra widespread misconceptions.

Then add within the public’s ignorance about what’s and isn’t allowed because it associated to the NAS, and there are numerous causes a member of the general public might incorrectly assume they’ve trigger to confront an RPIC whereas they’re piloting. Requiring a UAS to broadcast the RPICs present location in a format that the general public can simply entry will definitely result in extra confrontations and incidents.

Along with the danger the general public can pose to an RPIC, there are equal considerations because it pertains to regulation enforcement having immediate entry to the RPICs location. It’s completely understood that there are circumstances that may require regulation enforcement to find an RPIC, nonetheless this ought to be associated to an precise public security or regulation enforcement motion. This shouldn’t be allowed just because a regulation enforcement officer is “curious”.

Aside from the plain distraction approaching an RPIC whereas piloting will trigger, there are numerous documented situations of regulation enforcement taking improper motion in direction of UAS and RPICs due to ignorance of FAA and associated UAS regulation.

For example, arresting an RPIC for trespassing whereas piloting from their very own property and flying their UAS in uncontrolled airspace as a result of they flew over different property. Then add the extra illegal ordinances that many municipalities are passing that infringe on the FAAs unique proper to control the NAS, and this will expose RPICs to illegal detention, search and seizure dangers.

If a broadcast answer is required, it ought to be one which broadcasts a singular identifier with no human readable data. That identifier, similar to a automobile registration license plate, might be “seen” by the general public and offered to the FAA or regulation enforcement ought to they assume there’s a violation occurring. Legislation enforcement ought to have instant entry to the data from an internet portal or contact quantity if they will articulate a right away regulation enforcement or public security want.

If there is no such thing as a instant want, they will request the data to be offered for future contact (IE: not instant contact which might distract the RPIC whereas in operation). A vital a part of the above is obligatory coaching and schooling for the regulation enforcement company earlier than they achieve entry to the system. Moreover, jurisdictions that has illegal ordinances or a historical past of trying to supercede the FAAs sole potential to control UAS within the NAS, shouldn’t be allowed entry to the system till the illegal ordinances are eliminated.

A further concern with broadcasting data resembling a serial quantity and so forth in a readable
format is that this data might be collected, saved, shared and even cloned. Assume “wardriving” however for UAS. Not solely would this be a problem for compiling private and probably delicate details about the usand operator, however the data might present unhealthy actors with data on the factors of curiosity UAS are getting used to doc. Even when the focus isn’t a delicate location, having the ability to establish places of excessive UAS exercise might be a problem.

As many of those UAS vary from a pair thousand to tens of hundreds of dollars, how lengthy will or not it’s earlier than “UAS-Jacking” is a factor? Then add in further payloads (sensors or deliveries) and giving unhealthy actors quick access to the place they will discover these UAS at any given time is only a unhealthy thought. Additionally, take into consideration the power to take this broadcasted data and clone it onto one other UAS. Unhealthy actors might function their UAS illegally and implicate different RPICs. This wouldn’t be like a stolen automobile license plate the place the proprietor would know the plate is lacking and report it stolen.

In a public broadcast system, the RPIC would don’t know their data was being collected and probably used for nefarious intent. Present comparable programs resembling DJIs Aeroscope have already gained the eye of hackers for manipulation to be used as a type of activism and for obfuscation.


Lastly, we really feel that the proposed guidelines as written will hamper growth and innovation of the usage of UAS in addition to enhance the price of operation. Focusing first on the monetary facet of this subject, you will need to perceive that the overwhelming majority of operators are both leisure or small, one-person industrial operations.

So far as leisure pilots are involved, many of those individuals personal a number of craft, most of that are easy R/C airplanes that don’t have any autonomous potential. Having to pay to register every of those craft each few years versus one registration as it’s now, goes to be overly cumbersome. Then add the requirement to solely fly these kind of craft at an authorized CBO FRIA, which would require paying a charge to the CBO (AMA and so forth) in addition to the location membership charges, and this will simply double (or extra) the fee for the interest. The overwhelming majority of leisure pilots have been flying their craft for many years on private and non-private property in a way that haven’t interfered with manned operations. A lot of the time they’re flying decrease than the encompassing timber and constructions.

Even a leisure pilot that desires to fly their small craft in their very own yard, below a tree cover three toes off the bottom will probably be in violation below the proposed guidelines. Moreover, including an extra machine to a legacy craft doesn’t appear to be allowed by the proposed guidelines and even when it does, would require further expense. It must also be famous that these guidelines would have a unfavourable impression on STEM packages that make the most of UAS of their curriculum.

These packages already wrestle with budgeting and price and including further charges or necessities will definitely hamper the power to get youth concerned in the ustechnology. US authorities companies ought to search for methods to advertise and facilitate packages resembling STEM.

The proposed guidelines as written will do the precise reverse.

In synopsis, we miss out on how this proposed distant ID answer will enhance security or additional UAS integration into the NAS. There was no assertion that had this proposed answer been in place, it will have prevented a earlier incident. Additional, there was no assertion that the proposed answer will enable any enhance in situational consciousness for manned plane because it pertains to UAS deconfliction.

It appears at finest the one results of this proposal will probably be an total discount of UAS (industrial and leisure) being flown, and at worst, a false sense of compliance that may promote the usage of UAS with out following the brand new regulation. Merely put, the hundreds of business and recreation UAS operators that discover compliance overly burdensome and in some instances unattainable, will proceed to function exterior of the brand new regulation. With the dispersed and sporadic nature of UAS operations, enforcement, even with an unrealistic price range for added manpower, won’t be attainable.

Consortiq respectfully requests the FAA re-evaluate the requirement of a distant ID answer.

This could start by finishing a danger evaluation to precisely establish the issue, adopted by soliciting enter from the precise operators affected that addresses the precise dangers recognized.

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