On March 2, IAAPA submitted its comment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with regards to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems. According to the FAA, specifically, the “NPRM would require the remote identification of unmanned aircraft systems. The remote identification of unmanned aircraft systems in the airspace of the United States would address safety, national security, and law enforcement concerns regarding the further integration of these aircraft into the airspace of the United States while also enabling greater operational capabilities.”
Within the file comment, IAAPA stressed that safety is the primary focus of IAAPA’s comments, and that IAAPA’s goal is to minimize the safety and security risks associated with the unauthorized use of UAS over fixed site amusement parks. IAAPA also stressed that the development of the FAA Extension, Safety and Security Act of 2016, which directed the FAA to develop a process in which certain fixed site entities, including amusement parks, could petition the FAA to prohibit or restrict the operation of an unmanned aircraft in close proximity to their fixed site facility, was critical to the safety and security of millions of families who visit amusement facilities in the U.S. every year.