Chartered in May 2017, the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) included representation from HAI. Matt Zuccaro, then HAI president and CEO, served as industry co-chair. The ARC provided a forum where industry and the FAA met to discuss technologies capable of remotely identifying and tracking UAS aircraft, or drones, in the US National Airspace System. The committee then made recommendations according to its charter to the FAA.

The committee’s objectives and tasks included examining available and emerging technologies; identifying requirements for security and public safety for the law enforcement, homeland defense, and national security communities; and evaluating the feasibility and affordability of various technical solutions. Formation of the ARC represented an important step in the FAA’s multiphase approach for integrating UAS operations into US airspace and provided key data to inform its Remote Identification of Drones rule, which will take effect in spring 2024. HAI WAS THERE to represent the voice of the vertical aviation community.

This year, we celebrate the 75th anniversary of HAI, formed on Dec. 13, 1948.

Countdown to HAI’s 75th: 26 days!

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