FAA Postpones Remote IDPosted by mavic_leader on September 13, 2023 at 11:27 am
I can’t say I’m surprised but I am glad that the FAA has come to its senses and pushed RID out 6 months. Trying to find a reasonably priced RID module for my Mavic 2 Pro has been a nightmare. Everything is either out of stock or way too expensive.
Hopefully, the industry can get its act together by then.
AdministratorSeptember 13, 2023 at 11:30 am1182
I’ve heard more than a few sighs of relief this morning! The FAA has been talking about this for a while; so many people have expressed the exact same concerns you’ve just voiced!
Out of curiosity, what RID modules have you been looking at?
AdministratorSeptember 14, 2023 at 10:25 pm787
Interestingly enough, the actual language of the policy doesn’t say that they have postponed the RID requirements; rather it says:
“the FAA will consider all circumstances, in particular, unanticipated issues with the available supply and excessive cost of remote identification broadcast modules and unanticipated delay in the FAA’s approval of FAA-recognized identification areas, when exercising its discretion in determining whether to take enforcement action.”
So, what does this actually mean given the fact that the FAA sent out an email with the Subject, “FAA Extends Remote ID Enforcement Date Six Months”?
The local FSDO said that if a pilot is not in compliance but ‘would be if RID modules were available and affordable’, they almost certainly won’t enforce. However, if a pilot is “blowing it off and being very naughty, we might nail you.”
All that being said, if you can be compliant…be compliant. If you can’t…have a good reason if the FAA asks you.
If the FAA’s past performance is any measure, I don’t anticipate any enforcement on this until after March 2024 and even then it will be “educate before enforcement”.
MemberSeptember 14, 2023 at 10:30 pm132
That’s good to know. Like I said, I’ve been trying to find a RID module for my Mavic 2 Pro but now I may not even bother. From what I hear, DJI is going to push a Firmware update bringing RID to the Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom and P4P V2. It’s not supposed to happen until December but it should be done before March.
If not, I may be scrambling again next spring.
Alternatively…I could use this as an excuse to get a new drone 🙂
MemberSeptember 16, 2023 at 1:26 pm57
Yup…looks like they just clarified it on their FB page.
“Drone pilots are expected to comply with the original September 16, 2023 compliance date for Remote ID. However, the FAA understands that some drone pilots may not be able to comply because of limited availability of broadcast modules and lack of approved FAA- Recognized Identification Areas. In those instances, the FAA will consider all factors in determining whether to take enforcement action through March 16, 2024. It’s important to note that the FAA expects drone pilots to comply with the requirements of the Remote ID rule as soon as possible.”
MemberSeptember 19, 2023 at 10:13 am132
Yeah, I’ve been looking at the uAvionix PingRID and the DroneTag Beacon but $299 / $219 is way too expensive. What other modules have people been looking at that don’t cost an arm and a leg?
Given the ambiguity of the enforcement here, I’d be willing to pull the trigger if I could find one that’s reasonable in price and not back-ordered.
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