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FAA “Remote ID” for Drones Now Being Enforced

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it officially enforces the controversial remote identification (remote ID) rule for recreational and commercial drones. Remote ID acts as a digital license plate for drones, allowing easier identification and tracking.

The rule was initially set to take effect in September 2023, but supply chain issues delayed the availability of remote ID equipment, prompting the deadline extension until March of this year.

Remote ID requires most drones weighing over 0.55 pounds to broadcast identification and location data while flying. This will allow the FAA and law enforcement to pinpoint drones acting suspiciously or flying where prohibited.

There are three main ways for drone pilots to comply with the remote ID rule:

  1. Operate a drone with a standard remote ID built-in. These models have the technology integrated at the factory to broadcast the identification and location data through radio frequencies like WiFi and Bluetooth.
  2. Attach a remote ID broadcast module to an existing drone. These add-on modules also broadcast the necessary data to retrofit drones without standard remote ID. However, drones with modules must fly within a visual line of sight.
  3. Fly at FAA-recognized identification areas (FRIAs). These are designated sites where drones can fly without needing remote ID equipment. FRIAs are limited to locations sponsored by educational and community organizations.

Proponents argue remote ID is necessary for accountability and public safety as drones become more prevalent. However, critics suggest it invades pilots’ privacy and imposes costs on hobbyists.

The remote ID rule has seen vigorous opposition, but the FAA believes the technology is necessary to safely integrate drones into national airspace. Identifying and tracking capabilities are critical as more complex drone operations launch.

The delay is over, and remote ID represents the future of drone oversight and regulation. The FAA expects pilots to embrace these “license plates for drones.”

NOTE: This page is about the Regulation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS), Small UAS, Remote Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS), unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), and drone are interchangeable terms unless specified. Model Aircraft, toy, remote-controlled, and RC aircraft may be covered by the same regulations unless specified.

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