The new FAA final rule on Remote ID has created clear winners and losers. The biggest win overall is the fact that the FAA dropped NETWORK Remote ID. Aka, allowing a cellular signal to be in control of the flight controller, which we argued would be a nightmare scenario and potentially violate existing Federal Law. While this is good news for commercial drone pilots, and recreational pilots alike.
A first thank you to the FAA for not releasing Remote ID on December 26th. The FAA allowed all drone pilots to catch some rest this Holiday Season. (Don't Forget proposed Remote ID was released Dec 26th last year. Which ruined many Christmas')
Second thank you to the FAA, for removing Network RID. We are all winners of Remote ID being that we do not have to broadcast a signal over the internet. WE also appreciate the FAA sourcing Drone U for comments on Remote Id on page 235 of the final rule.
As the FAA stated "Network-based / Internet transmission requirements have been eliminated. The final rule contains Broadcast-only requirements"
TLDR: Most....( and your DJI drone most likely already broadcasts, don't worry)
The FAA released and executive summary of Remote ID, which showcases that any drone that mush be registered, must comply with remote ID...by 2023.
(While you may first be scared of what your drone has to have in order to broadcast, most DJI drones already utilize a system that is capable of Broadcast Remote ID. )
The FAA was careful to note that even though most drones registered are .55lbs to 55lbs, they noted that any drone used under Part 107 would have to comply with Remote ID as well.
It is safe to assume, if you're flying a 249 gram drone in the United States...and for commercial purposes, you would have to comply with Remote ID as well.
Winners of the new Remote ID rule include:
The vast majority of the drone industry will end up as winners in regards to Remote ID. Yet there are a few select few groups of people that are likely losers. While it is understandable that some older vintage RC pilots might be upset with the Rollout of Remote ID, it seems the FAA offered numerous alternatives.
Note: Questions Persist:
Frankly, our Flight crew was very worried about the rollout of Remote ID. We were also worried that the drone industry wouldn't comply with the proposed Remote ID rules. In fact, we surveyed over 3,000 drone pilots this summer, of which 75% said they wouldn't comply with the PROPOSED remote id rules.
Safe to say, the FAA averted disaster. We're grateful, and Remote ID is no longer a burden on drone pilots. We will have additional articles diving down into the facets of Remote ID. Overall there is a lot to be happy about. Frankly, most drone industry players end up as winners as a result of Remote Id.
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