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  • DroneAcademy

    Administrator
    September 13, 2023 at 11:30 am
    1307

    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?

  • Jonathan

    Administrator
    September 14, 2023 at 10:25 pm
    821

    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”.

    • mavic_leader

      Member
      September 14, 2023 at 10:30 pm
      134

      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 🙂

    • NotSlimShady

      Member
      September 16, 2023 at 1:26 pm
      58

      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.”

  • mavic_leader

    Member
    September 19, 2023 at 10:13 am
    134

    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.

  • ACreton

    Member
    November 19, 2023 at 10:40 pm
    26

    Has there been any update here? Are they still expecting us to have remote ID by March or whenever?

    I keep hearing that DJI is going to bring RID to their P4P via firmware update but haven’t seen it yet.

    I’m not a big fan of RID anyways so I’d really like to NOT have to spend hundreds of dollars on another box to strap on my drone.

    • NotSlimShady

      Member
      November 25, 2023 at 9:57 pm
      58

      It looks like DJI just pushed out firmware updates for the Mavic Pro 2 (1.00.0797) and the P4PV2 (01.00.70.17 to enable RID.

      I’ve successfully confirmed that FW is now available for download on the Mavic 2 Pro and does “Add support for Remote ID requirements in the United States

      Haven’t played with it too much or tested it with any RID receiver apps but the release notes are promising 🙂

  • Jonathan

    Administrator
    March 18, 2024 at 8:49 am
    821

    Just a friendly reminder; the FAA has ended its ‘discretionary enforcement policy’ for Remote ID as of March 16th. RID is now REQUIRED for all applicable aircraft. Below is a few notes from the FAA regarding this change.

    Why is Remote ID necessary?
    Remote ID is necessary to ensure the safety and security of the national airspace system by distinguishing compliant airspace users from those potentially posing a safety or security risk. Remote ID also helps to lay the foundation for routine advanced operations such as package delivery and flying beyond visual line of sight.

    What do I need to do?
    There are three ways to comply with Remote ID:
    1. Operate a Standard Remote ID Drone – a drone produced with built-in Remote ID broadcast capabilities; or
    2. Operate a Drone with a Remote ID Broadcast Module – a device with Remote ID broadcast capabilities that can be attached to a drone; or
    3. Operate at an FAA-Recognized Identification Area (FRIA) – areas where drones without Remote ID broadcast capabilities can operate.

    How do I know if my drone or broadcast module is Remote ID compliant?
    1. Go to the FAA UAS Declaration of Compliance website (https://uasdoc.faa.gov/login)
    2. Click on “View Public DOC List”
    3. Filter by “RID” and “Accepted”
    4. Search for your drone or broadcast module

    My FAA-registered drone or broadcast module broadcasts Remote ID but is not on the Public DOC List, am I Remote ID compliant?
    No, even if advertised as “Remote ID ready” or uses other verbiage, only drones or broadcast modules listed on the FAA DOC are in compliance with the rule.

    Do I need to update my drone’s registration with Remote ID information?
    If your drone or broadcast module is listed on the public DOC list, you need to register or update your existing drone registration through FAADroneZone to include the standard Remote ID drone or Remote ID broadcast module serial number. The Remote ID serial number is not the same as your drone’s serial number. Drone owners should check with their manufacturer for additional information.

    Since recreational pilots only need to register once and can apply that registration number to multiple aircraft, they can list one Remote ID broadcast module serial number and move the broadcast module from drone to drone as long as it is listed on the same registration.

    Part 107 pilots need to register each drone individually. Therefore, each drone must have its own Standard Remote ID or Remote ID broadcast module serial number.

    Visit our Remote ID webpage (https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/remote_id) to learn more about adding a Remote ID serial number to your drone’s registration.

    Have more questions? We’re here to help at the UAS Support Center or call us at 844-FLY-MY-UA (844-359-6982).

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