Does My UAV Need a Transponder?
Today the UAS transponder requirements and standards are emerging. Right now, there is no single chart from any global agency that sums up the requirements for transponders on unmanned aircraft of all types, for all classes of airspace, in all geographies.
Therefore, this guide brings together the current knowledge from the U.S. DoD, the U.S. FAA, recent conferences, and other resources all in one place. Use this as a reference as you create new unmanned aerial systems and vehicles. Consider the guidance, do your research, and make your own decisions based on your own UAS requirements.
When deciding on transponder use, use this guide to understand:
Parameters for determining transponder requirements – size, weight, flight plan, etc.
Classifications of UAV groups, airspace rules, and other important regulatory information
FAA waivers and safety justifications
Transponder functionality, technologies, and modes
A look ahead to requirements for remote ID and urban air mobility
- Other UAS transponder requirements
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