Yesterday, Brendan Schulman, DJI’s Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs, pointed out in a tweet that per the USDOT rulemaking report, UAS Remote ID rulemaking had been delayed by another three months. This is indeed unfortunate as Remote ID for drones is the first regulatory hurdle to be overcome before we can expect the rules for flying drones over people or at night to be finalized. The new projected date for the ‘End of Comment’ period is now set at 10/29/2019, but keep in mind that this a projected date, not a fixed one.

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Remote ID rulemaking delayed by three months

In the lengthy February 2019 ‘Report on DOT Significant Rulemakings’ from the USDOT it says:

“This action would implement system(s) for the remote identification of certain unmanned aircraft systems. The remote identification of unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace system would further address security and law enforcement concerns regarding the further integration of these aircraft into the national airspace while also enabling greater operational capabilities by these same aircraft.”

And:

Milestone Originally Scheduled Date New Projected Date
Publication Date 05/01/2019 07/21/2019
End of Comment Period 07/01/2019 10/29/2019

As you can see, the Publication Date has been delayed by two months and the End of Comment Period has been pushed back by three months. Keep in mind that these are ‘New Projected Dates’, i.e. that might be pushed back even further.

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