Drones may be a relatively new type of aircraft, but they’re very much the focus of attention for federal rulemakers.

The first meeting of the UAS Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) on June 21-23 advanced key policies of concern to the FAA, industry and law enforcement.

During this initial meeting, the ARC considered issues such as existing regulations applicable to drone identification and tracking, air traffic management for drones, concerns and authorities of local law enforcement, and potential legal considerations. The group developed some preliminary questions and identification parameters, and reviewed a sample of existing identification technologies.  

The group’s membership (PDF) represents a diverse variety of stakeholders, including the unmanned aircraft industry, the aviation community and industry member organizations, manufacturers, researchers, standards groups, and local law enforcement and other officials.

The ARC says it will continue to meet as necessary to develop solutions that function at federal, state, and local levels. The ARC’s next meeting is planned for July 18-19, 2017.