The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is set to unveil regulations on drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on Friday.
The rules, expected to be announced at an FAA press conference, are designed to give the public more information on the drones and will allow the agency to make public more of its data on the technology.
“This is the first time the FAA has ever made public what’s going on behind the scenes of how these unmanned systems are being deployed in our skies,” FAA Administrator Robert White told reporters on Friday, speaking in Washington.
“The FAA has worked for many years to make this information public,” White added.
“But now, with these rules, the agency can begin to share the information with the public in ways that are transparent and open, in ways the public can understand what’s happening.”
While the rules are set to be released by the end of the year, it will be years before the public is able to fully understand the capabilities of the new drones.
The rules are expected to outline the FAA’s vision for the future of drones, which are being touted as a “game-changing technology”.
They also will set the groundwork for the FAA to consider regulations that would allow UAVs to fly outside the US.
The FAA is also expected to release a proposal for a federal cybersecurity policy, which would require private entities and the federal government to share information on threats that can be transmitted over the internet.
In a separate move, the FAA is expected to propose rules that would create a system to provide greater transparency on the use of drones in the skies.
The rules will also set the stage for a potential crackdown on hobbyists, who are already banned from using drones in public.
They are expected also to set new rules for how drones are regulated by the Federal Aviation Authority (Faa).
They will also allow the FAA and the FAA Administrator to develop guidelines for drone use.
The government agency will publish rules that will allow for more information about the technology to be posted online.
The Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) are a set of regulations designed to govern aircraft, air traffic control systems, and other aircraft, including drones.
Under the rules, an unmanned aircraft must be flown safely in accordance with the laws of the state in which it is being operated.
The FARs are also designed to protect the safety of air traffic by requiring unmanned aircraft to comply with a set set of requirements, which include:Airlines have the option to request information from the FAA about unmanned aircraft activity in the airspace where the aircraft is flying.
An unmanned aircraft may not fly over any airport in the US, nor fly over a flight path, nor operate in a manner that would endanger persons, property, or the environment.
Aircraft may not enter a restricted airspace area.
An aircraft may NOT operate in areas that are restricted by the FAA, including airspace over National Wildlife refuges, areas designated by the Department of Agriculture for the conservation of migratory birds, or areas for national wildlife refugés, including areas that may be used by the public for the purpose of conducting a demonstration or demonstration event.
A person who flies an unmanned vehicle on an airway is considered to be in the restricted airspace zone, even if the person does not intend to use the aircraft in a particular airspace.
An operator of an aircraft must use due care to avoid interfering with aircraft traffic.
An individual flying an unmanned airplane in a restricted area must have appropriate clearance from the pilot.
An FAA representative will be available to answer questions at the press conference.
The US is not the only country where unmanned aircraft are currently operating, with several countries and other international organisations already planning to introduce rules around the technology by next year.
The European Union is also looking to create regulations to allow the safe use of UAV in its airspace, while the UK and Canada have both approved rules around their use.
However, the rules will not apply to the US or Canada, meaning the US will be the first country to ban drones entirely.
The regulation will be a long shot to pass the US Congress.
The Obama administration has been working on the regulations for years, but it has been hampered by political squabbling in Congress and other government agencies over whether the rules should be subject to the presidential executive privilege, which allows the president to withhold information about executive actions.
The rulemaking process has been delayed by an ongoing congressional standoff over the issue, and is likely to continue until the end-of-year holidays.
But the FAA hopes the rule will allow them to finalise the regulations by the middle of 2018.