The Best of Year-ender Drone Stories in 2020

We rounded up some of the best year-ender drone stories in 2020 from around the web.

Drone light shows have become trendy as forms of entertainment to mark special events or as means to send special messages, just like the one held in Scotland at the end of the year.

Fare Well, a three-part series, saw drones travelling at speeds of 25mph at altitudes of up to 500ft (150m) and forming images including a galloping stag and a Saltire. They were filmed in the Scottish Highlands and over Edinburgh. David Tennant, Siobhan Redmond and Lorne MacFadyen provide commentary. – Read more.

FAA Issues Drone Safety Rules making Way for Amazon Drone Deliveries

Before the year ended, the FAA issued its final versions of safety rules for drones that fly over people and at night — including the drones that Amazon is developing to make package deliveries. “The new rules make way for the further integration of drones into our airspace by addressing safety and security concerns,” FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said in a news release. “They get us closer to the day when we will more routinely see drone operations such as the delivery of packages.” – Read more.

FAA’s Remote ID Rule for Drones

In the last week of the year, the FAA announced the implementation of a long-awaited Remote ID. The system effectively works as a kind of digital license plate for unmanned aircraft, broadcasting identifying details, including the location of the craft. While some drone operators are likely to be put off by additional regulations, their arrival is understandable given the sheer volume and speed of drone adoption. – Read more.

The following is an excerpt from the FAA press release dated December 28:

[…]The new rules will require Remote Identification (Remote ID) of drones and allow operators of small drones to fly over people and at night under certain conditions. These rules come at a time when drones represent the fastest-growing segment in the entire transportation sector – with currently over 1.7 million drone registrations and 203,000 FAA-certificated remote pilots. Remote ID will help mitigate risks associated with expanded drone operations, such as flights over people and at night, and both rules support technological and operational innovation and advancements.

What is the implication of this Remote ID rule?

It means that in 2023, it may be illegal for you to fly some drones at all unless you retrofit them with their own broadcasting equipment. In 2022, the US government will require every new mass-produced drone weighing over 0.55 pounds (0.25 kg) to broadcast your location – not just the location of your drone. –

Read more.Read about the FAA’s UAS (unmanned aircraft system) Remote Identification Overview.

To welcome the New Year in Seoul, Hyundai Worldwide put up a stunning show. Watch the video below.


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