US Congress and the Canadian government should appropriate more funds to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transport Canada when it comes to regulating UAS activity, according to a new report.
The recommendations were included in the Blue Ribbon Task Force on UAS Mitigation at Airports’ report on UAS integration, detection, identification, and mitigation in and around airports.
The Task Force was jointly commissioned in April 2019 by Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).
It also recommended that both legislative bodies extend UAS interdiction authority to trained state, provincial and local law enforcement agencies.
Commenting on the findings, Deborah Flint, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports, said: “Whether the origin of drone activity near airports is careless, clueless or criminal, the escalating frequency of drone-related incidents present a security, operational and economic challenge to North American airports and their surrounding communities.
“The findings of the Blue Ribbon Task Force provide North American airports with a template for developing a response to drone incidents while providing a voice and representation for airports to the federal entities that control drone regulation.”
The final report builds on the policy recommendations the Task Force outlined in its July 2019 interim report, which urged federal aviation agencies to move forward with a remote identification rule.
These recommendations, if implemented, would help UAS safety and security move forward in a timely and risk-based fashion, allowing the UAS industry to continue to grow with compliant operations and ensuring airports remain safeguarded from careless, clueless, or criminal operators.
AUVSI president and CEO Brian Wynne commended the Task Force for its work seeking to ensure safety and security objectives are met through collaboration between industry and government.
He said: “The Blue Ribbon Task Force has provided us with clear steps forward to keep the skies around airports secure while still allowing the burgeoning UAS industry to flourish.
“We look forward to working with policymakers to swiftly implement the Task Force’s recommendations and help ensure the safety of the airspace for all aircraft – both manned and unmanned.”