The list of drones already compatible with Remote ID is long, and yet it won't matter in 2023.
After posting our initial Remote ID rundown, it is clear that many drone pilots are still flustered regarding Remote Id. Albeit the anger and frustration may actually be caused by a misunderstanding of which aircraft work with Remote ID. The response has been mixed, even Google wing tried manipulating the FAA into implementing Network ID.
Unless we are misreading the Remote ID rules, most drones comply with Broadcast Remote ID right now.... Yes, you read that right. Most drones and even some FPV drones, already comply with the broadcast version of Remote ID. Remote ID (standard) requires a Broadcast of information regarding the flight from the drone. The FAA did ensure that the public can see flight information, but not pilot information.
Actually, the list is quite long as to which drones already comply with Remote ID. Though it may not matter as your current drones might not even be airborne when Remote Id is officially implemented. Remember it will be 30 months from publishing before Remote ID operational rules take effect. Our DJI drones, when used often, have a shelf life of roughly 2 years. (Approx: depends on aircraft) DJI also tends to launch new aircraft in one and two year cycles.
We would imagine that there would be a plethora of NEW drones that would comply with RID, once implemented in 2023.
Drones that already comply with broadcast Remote ID
Many drones already comply with Remote ID, you'll notice 100% of them are made by DJI. Those DJI drones can be seen by a system called Aeroscope. DJI made it clear in 2017, that they wanted to provide a method of digital license plate, like what we see with RID. They also wanted to provide law enforcement with a method of viewing said system, thus Aeroscope.
It is much clearer, now, why DJI wanted to provide a method of RID that didn't create burdens on operators. Can you imagine if the AMA would have taken RID so seriously?
We expect future drones made with the cube flight controller to be compatible as well.
Frankly, most of the analog FPV drones will not comply with Remote ID.
Analog FPV drones do make up a majority (it seems) of FPV drones out in the world. Recently, digital FPV has become quite the hit with FPV pilots across the globe. DJI even launched the DJI air unit which will also power the new DJI FPV drone. The DJI air unit allowed pilots to fly FPV using a digital transmission. DJI's air unit provided reliable control and video at significant distances... as long as you were flying line of site.
FPV pilots who use the DJI air unit to build an FPV drone might be happy. FPV drones that use DJI's air unit are not currently Remote ID compatible. In the future, FPV flights might be seen by the neighbor. So now everyone will know when little Johnny is just flying his drone. You might only see with the DJI FPV drone, which would (we assume) have a GPS unit.
We just hope said neighbor doesn't shoot down the drone.
Not because it is a federal crime, but because they realize the drone is not a threat.
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