(Tea Party 247) – Just one day after counties in Colorado and western Nebraska reported a series of mysterious drone flights, the FAA is responding with a proposed rule change which would require that most drones be identified remotely, according to a report on Monday.
Fox News explains that:
The rule change, announced Thursday, have been in works for more than a year, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said in an email to the Denver Post Monday.
Under the legislation, law enforcement, federal security agencies and the FAA would be allowed to identify drones flying through their jurisdiction, the FAA said.
A squadron of drones have been flying above a total of five Midwestern states every night for more than two weeks leaving both residents and officials wondering who’s flying them and what purpose they are serving, the newspaper reported.
Sheriffs in Lincoln, Washington and Sedgwick counties in Colorado and Nebraska say their offices have been inundated with calls about the devices.
Well, that’s completely creepy.
No one has yet claimed responsibility, but an “abundance” of theories have been offered, from the Mexican drug cartel to aliens. Some have even suggested it’s the History Channel, looking for hidden cities or farmers looking to track cows (that’s actually smart.)
According to the Post, law enforcement officials have reached out to several private companies as well as government agencies but have yet to find anyone claiming responsibility for the drones.
On this list are the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort Carson, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Paragon Geophysical Services, the U.S. Geological Survey, Amazon and the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Local sheriffs told the newspaper the drones don’t appear to be “malicious” and they’re likely not breaking any laws. Flight plans are not required to be filed with the FAA unless the drone pilots are flying in restricted airspace.
The proposed rule will be open for public comment for 60 days, according to the FAA, which said the proposed change would help drones better “integrate” into the nation’s airspace, the Post reported. Nearly 1.5 million drones and 160,000 remote pilots are registered with the FAA, the agency said in a statement.
Matt Quinn, owner of Great Lakes Drone Co., one of only a handful of companies in the nation with FAA permission to fly multiple small drones at night, said he’s puzzled by the reports out of Colorado.
“It’s the talk of the drone community,” he said.
Video: Mysterious Drones Spotted in 4 Colorado Counties