The hottest, most contentious issue in the US drone community is the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) plans for a drone-tracking system called Remote ID. Despite huge outcry from drone owners over the FAA’s initial proposal for the system, the agency looks set to move quickly to implement it. expand full story
Remote ID Stories May 15
Remote ID Stories May 7
Remote ID for drones in the US is coming. This week the FAA announced eight companies that will help develop the technical standards for the system that allows all drones to broadcast basic information for tracking. And some household names are on the list. expand full story
Remote ID Stories March 4
Dave Messina, President of the FPV Freedom Coalition explains the consequences of FAA’s NPRM Remote ID if it is implemented as proposed. On the website from the FPV Freedom Coalition, you can find more information on the NPRM, how it will impact your hobby as an R/C or drone pilot, as well as read the official comments that the FPVFC submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The video interview was recorded last week and published today by The Drone U.
Note: if you have missed your chance to submit your comments before the March 2 deadline, be sure to (snail) mail the FAA. It is very likely that your comments will still be accepted.
Remote ID Stories March 3
The world’s largest drone manufacturer, DJI calculates the real cost of the Remote ID Rule to be $5.6 billion USD (yes with a ‘B’) instead of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) estimated $582 million USD. Nine times more over a ten year period than the FAA estimate. Guess who’s going to pay for that… the consumer, i.e. you.
With well over 50,000 comments on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) NPRM for Remote ID for Drones, the agency has its work cut out. The exact number of comments as of yesterday was 50,847, but this will likely increase once the site has been updated. Obviously, the FAA will have to process and read the comments first, some people have submitted multi-page comments, but the obvious question is, What happens next? Vic Moss shared this document from the Federal Register’s website that shines some light on the next steps in the rule-making process.
Note: even though the official commenting period has ended and you can no longer submit your comments online if you still want to provide your comments to the FAA you can try sending them in by regular mail. It is likely that the FAA will still consider them if they arrive within a reasonable time.
Remote ID Stories March 1
Yesterday, protesters in Washington, D.C. told the Federal Aviation Administration in no uncertain terms that they were very, very unhappy with the proposed rules for Remote ID for Drones (and model R/C aircraft). A large number of people braved the cold weather and made it out to the FAA’s headquarters with signs saying: “If we build it, let it fly.”