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FAA Makes Major Drone ID Marking Change
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LeeWireless
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   FAA   Makes Major Drone ID Marking Change   [url=http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbXNpZD0mYXVpZD0mbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMjE1LjE4MTkyNDEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMjE1LjE4MTkyNDEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzM2OTQzNSZlbWFpbGlkPWNsZWVrbmlnaHRAY29tY2FzdC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPWNsZWVrbmlnaHRAY29tY2FzdC5uZXQmdGFyZ2V0aWQ9JmZsPSZtdmlkPSZleHRyYT0mJiY=&&&100&&&http://www.faa.gov/]The Federal Aviation Administration[/url] (FAA)   posted a rule in the [url=http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbXNpZD0mYXVpZD0mbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMjE1LjE4MTkyNDEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMjE1LjE4MTkyNDEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzM2OTQzNSZlbWFpbGlkPWNsZWVrbmlnaHRAY29tY2FzdC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPWNsZWVrbmlnaHRAY29tY2FzdC5uZXQmdGFyZ2V0aWQ9JmZsPSZtdmlkPSZleHRyYT0mJiY=&&&101&&&https://www.federalregister.gov/ ... l-unmanned-aircraft]Federal Register[/url] requiring small drone   owners to display the FAA-issued registration number on an outside surface of   the aircraft. Owners and operators may no longer place or write registration   numbers in an interior compartment. The rule is effective on February 25. The   markings must be in place for any flight after that date.
   
When the FAA first required registration of small drones   in 2015, the agency mandated that the registration marking be readily   accessible and maintained in readable condition. The [url=http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbXNpZD0mYXVpZD0mbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMjE1LjE4MTkyNDEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMjE1LjE4MTkyNDEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzM2OTQzNSZlbWFpbGlkPWNsZWVrbmlnaHRAY29tY2FzdC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPWNsZWVrbmlnaHRAY29tY2FzdC5uZXQmdGFyZ2V0aWQ9JmZsPSZtdmlkPSZleHRyYT0mJiY=&&&102&&&https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/tex ... 14cfr48_main_02.tpl]rule[/url] granted some flexibility by permitting   the marking to be placed in an enclosed compartment, such as a battery case,   if it could be accessed without the use of tools.
   
Subsequently, law enforcement officials and the FAA’s   interagency security partners have expressed concerns about the risk a   concealed explosive device might pose to first responders upon opening a   compartment to find a drone’s registration number. The FAA believes this   action will enhance safety and security by allowing a person to view the   unique identifier directly without handling the drone.
   
This interim final rule does not change the original [url=http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbXNpZD0mYXVpZD0mbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMjE1LjE4MTkyNDEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMjE1LjE4MTkyNDEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzM2OTQzNSZlbWFpbGlkPWNsZWVrbmlnaHRAY29tY2FzdC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPWNsZWVrbmlnaHRAY29tY2FzdC5uZXQmdGFyZ2V0aWQ9JmZsPSZtdmlkPSZleHRyYT0mJiY=&&&103&&&https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/tex ... 8_1205&rgn=div8]acceptable methods of external marking[/url], nor   does it specify a particular external surface on which the registration   number must be placed. The requirement is that it can be seen upon visual   inspection of the aircraft’s exterior.
   
The FAA has issued this requirement as an Interim Final   Rule—a rule that takes effect while also inviting public comment. The FAA   issues interim final rules when delaying implementation of the rule would be   impractical, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest. In this case,   the agency has determined the importance of mitigating the risk to first   responders outweighs the minimal inconvenience this change may impose on   small drone owners, and justifies implementation without a prior public   comment period.
   
The FAA will consider comments from the public on this   Interim Final Rule, and will then review any submissions to determine if the   provisions of the ultimate Final Rule should be changed. The 30-day comment   period will end on March 15, 2019. To submit comments, go to [url=http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbXNpZD0mYXVpZD0mbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMjE1LjE4MTkyNDEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMjE1LjE4MTkyNDEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzM2OTQzNSZlbWFpbGlkPWNsZWVrbmlnaHRAY29tY2FzdC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPWNsZWVrbmlnaHRAY29tY2FzdC5uZXQmdGFyZ2V0aWQ9JmZsPSZtdmlkPSZleHRyYT0mJiY=&&&104&&&http://www.regulations.gov]http://www.regulations.gov[/url]   and search for “RIN 2120-AL32.”
   
As Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao promised last   month, the FAA also posted proposed new rules to let drones [url=http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbXNpZD0mYXVpZD0mbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMjE1LjE4MTkyNDEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMjE1LjE4MTkyNDEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzM2OTQzNSZlbWFpbGlkPWNsZWVrbmlnaHRAY29tY2FzdC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPWNsZWVrbmlnaHRAY29tY2FzdC5uZXQmdGFyZ2V0aWQ9JmZsPSZtdmlkPSZleHRyYT0mJiY=&&&105&&&https://www.faa.gov/exit/?pageNa ... F2019%2D00732%2Epdf]fly routinely at night and over people[/url], and   to further [url=http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbXNpZD0mYXVpZD0mbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMjE1LjE4MTkyNDEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMjE1LjE4MTkyNDEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzM2OTQzNSZlbWFpbGlkPWNsZWVrbmlnaHRAY29tY2FzdC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPWNsZWVrbmlnaHRAY29tY2FzdC5uZXQmdGFyZ2V0aWQ9JmZsPSZtdmlkPSZleHRyYT0mJiY=&&&106&&&https://www.faa.gov/exit/?pageNa ... F2019%2D00758%2Epdf]integrate them safely[/url] into the nation’s   airspace. The comment period for these proposals is now open and ends on   April 15.
   
  

2019-2-15
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Gunship9
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That will really screw up the RC scale model airplane hobby.  A scale .60 powered P-51 flown at the local club model airplane field with such a FAA number on the side of it instead of "Old Crow."

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Hello and good day LeeWireless. Thank you for sharing these informative information regarding the most recent FAA rules. These will be a help to all our DJI Customers and Members. Thank you for your support.
2019-2-15
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MccloudSpark
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No worse than sticking an ID number on the side of your fishing boat IMHO
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Lucas775
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Oh darn here we go again!
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Sayhelloforme
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Doesn’t say how big it must be, right ? I’m thinking micro
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NRRTRAINS 85
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inside outside makes no difference to me , i have always placed my FAA numbers on the outside of my aircraft but people i fly with do place their numbers  and MAA info on the inside of their craft . the rules are changing and this wont be the last .
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2019-2-15
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Frank Biganski
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Sayhelloforme Posted at 2-15 20:27
Doesn’t say how big it must be, right ? I’m thinking micro

The FAA verbiage just states "The unique identifier must be maintained in a condition that is legible."  So if an FAA inspector spot-checks you and determines your numbers are too small to read without the use of tools (i.e.: magnifying glass), then you might get fined.

I'm not affiliated with these folks, but I paid just under $10 bucks at ReclaimDrone.com to have some perfectly-sized stickers printed for my sUAS. They include some other freebies too for that price.  And after a years of flying and cleaning the drone, the stickers have remained attached.

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Sayhelloforme
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Frank Biganski Posted at 3-1 01:55
The FAA verbiage just states "The unique identifier must be maintained in a condition that is legible."  So if an FAA inspector spot-checks you and determines your numbers are too small to read without the use of tools (i.e.: magnifying glass), then you might get fined.

I'm not affiliated with these folks, but I paid just under $10 bucks at ReclaimDrone.com to have some perfectly-sized stickers printed for my sUAS. They include some other freebies too for that price.  And after a years of flying and cleaning the drone, the stickers have remained attached.

Thanks for the information. I used the 2nd smallest font my label maker has and my dad can read it without his glasses.
2019-3-5
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