April 21, 2021 was a big day for U.S. drone regulations: rules that define Remote ID for drones, and allow flight over people and at night took effect. Those rules have been several years in the making, and the commercial drone industry has, for the most part, viewed their development as a step forward.
What’s next for drone integration and U.S. drone regulations? Will a change in the U.S. presidential administration make any difference to the pace of progress? Will the U.S. take a leadership role in the global drone industry?
Arjun Garg, a new partner in Hogan Lovells’ transportation regulatory practice who most recently served as Chief Counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration, says that next steps toward drone integration into the NAS are urgently awaited:
“These rules are an incremental step towards enabling routine, widespread drone operations in U.S. airspace,” says Garg. “Even though these long-awaited rules will only have just taken effect, attention…