Sagetech says the number one question they are asked by customers is, “Does My UAV Need a Transponder?” To help answer this question the company put together a resource guide: “UAS Transponder Requirements and Guidelines.”
UAV transponder requirements and standards are emerging. Right now, Sagetech says 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.
Their guide aims to bring together the current knowledge from the U.S. DoD, the U.S. FAA, recent conferences and other resources all in one place. The company says the resource can be used as a reference as new unmanned aerial systems and vehicles are created.
The guide can help to understand what the parameters are 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; and transponder functionality, technologies and modes. See the guide at sagetech.com.