The FAA said on September 13, that its Remote ID deadline for drone operators has been extended by six months. Drone Life reported that users have until March 16, 2024, to comply with updated regulations. The compliance requires operators to either use a drone equipped with Remote ID by the manufacturer, attach an external broadcast Remote ID module, or fly only in a designated recreational area.
Drone Life reported that the FAA published the accepted means of compliance for Remote ID on August 11, 2022, just one month before the deadline for manufacturers to produce compliant platforms. The first extension granted by the FAA was for December 16, 2022, which applied to new products only since many manufacturers have struggled to update existing products. Additionally, supply chain delays have led to challenges for operators using devices that manufacturers cannot or will not correct. Continue Reading
According to the FAA, “In making this decision, the FAA recognizes the unanticipated issues that some operators are experiencing finding some remote identification broadcast modules…Remote ID acts like a digital license plate and will help the FAA, law enforcement, and other federal agencies find the control station when a drone appears to be flying in an unsafe manner or where it is not allowed to fly.”
Chief Advocacy Officer Michael Robbins of the Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) noted, “The FAA has estimated that the number of recreational and hobbyist, non-commercial drones will reach 1.48 million by 2024…FAA’s Remote ID rule appropriately advances drone integration in a way that increases safety for all airspace users.”
“The final rule has been subject to a lengthy rulemaking process, open comment periods, publication of Means of Compliance, judicial review, and extended deadlines. AUVSI urges drone operators to comply with Remote ID requirements as quickly as possible and for the FAA to swiftly implement all agency rulemaking,” Robbins added, according to Drone Life. “Remote ID is necessary to ensure the continued expansion of scalable and secure drone operations in the national airspace system – which will bring significant benefits to the American public and businesses.”