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The new FAA Remote ID rule goes into effect Wednesday, April 21.
How to comply with Remote ID
Let’s explore what that means for you as a pilot. This story will be of use to all pilots of drones weighing 250 grams or more, and there’s some DJI-specific news for those flying DJI products.
Regulators are concerned with keeping the airspace (and the ground) safe for everyone. That’s why the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transport Canada – and the airspace regulators in most other countries around the world – have instituted rules for drones in recent years.
How Do I Find My DJI Remote Id?
It’s important to have rules in place that minimize the chance of a conflict between manned and unmanned aircraft, or between unmanned aircraft and people and property on the ground. Safety is also the impetus behind the new Rule on Remote ID, which goes into effect today (April 21).
Will drones weighing under 0.55 lbs (250g) need Remote ID?
Well, sortof goes into effect. Because nothing is going to change for pilots, at least not yet. The best way to think of Remote ID – and the analogy most commonly used – is that it’s like a digital license plate. It’s a transmission from drones weighing 250 grams or more that contains its position in space and the unique FAA registration number.
When will drones be required to have Remote ID?
It will also provide the location of the ground station or takeoff location. This information can be received by others, providing they have an app that can pick it up.
Which drones have Remote ID?
The transmission does not contain the name of the owner of the drone (though certain parties, like law enforcement and the FAA, will be able to access that information if necessary). We’ll let the FAA explain why it’s needed:.
What is Remote ID?
Remote ID helps 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. Remote ID also lays the foundation of the safety and security groundwork needed for more complex drone operations.
There’s intense interest in Remote ID
We’re not here to debate whether Remote ID is a good or bad thing (and the rule is being challenged in court). We can certainly tell you that it’s controversial, and that a lot of people wanted to weigh in when the FAA opened the door for public commenting.
What about DJI?
When the FAA published its Notice on Proposed Rulemaking back in December of 2019, it also opened a 60-day window for input.
Drone Remote ID Regulations
Some 53,000 submissions from drone pilots – likely including some of those reading this story. The FAA reviewed those comments and considered the feedback when drafting the rule, which was published in the Federal Register on January 15, 2021.
What if you’re still flying an original Phantom?
The effective date was originally going to be in March, but got bumped due to some corrections made to the initial rule. Not much, at least not right now. But down the road, you’ll either have to have a drone with built-in capabilities to transmit its Remote ID – or an external module attached to the drone that does the same thing.
Does DJI Mini 2 have a Remote ID?
There’s but one exception: A drone not equipped to transmit Remote ID can still be flown, but only within a special box designated by the FAA as an FAA-Recognized Identification Area, or FRIA. The FAA has an excellent graphic on its Remote ID FAQ page, which we’re borrowing for use below:.
If you own a DJI product, particularly a newer drone, you may have noticed a sub-menu within the DJI FLY app. In that section, there’s an option to fill in a couple of fields for “Remote Identification.” And while that’s kind of confusing, rest assured this is not for Remote ID.
Regulations of Remote Id for Drones
(Whatever you fill in those boxes can be picked up by DJI’s Aeroscope, a pretty impressive piece of drone detection technology.). This actually fooled us when we were pulling together our video review of the new Air 2S (we caught the error, but you can see how easy it might be to confuse this).
Does Dji Mavic Have Remote Id?
And that got us thinking: Is the Air 2S Remote ID ready? What about other DJI products? Will they meet the new requirements, which are coming into effect over the next three years.