FAA Extends Drone Remote ID Compliance Deadline

Drone pilots unable to comply with the broadcast requirement of the Remote Identification or Remote ID Rule will now have until March 16, 2024, to equip their aircraft, according to a statement by the Federal Aviation Administration.

[Above photo by UPS]

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, the agency said.

In making this decision to extend the compliance deadline, the FAA said it “recognizes the unanticipated issues” that some operators are experiencing finding some remote identification broadcast modules.

However, after March 16, operators could face fines and suspension or revocation of pilot certificate, the agency warned.

The FAA noted that drone pilots can meet this deadline by purchasing a standard Remote ID equipped drone from a manufacturer or purchasing a Remote ID broadcast module which can be affixed to existing drones that do not have Remote ID equipment.

In a separate statement, the FAA said it has authorized two more companies to operate drones “beyond visual line of sight” or BVLOS: UPS Flight Forward and uAvionix.

On August 24, the FAA authorized Phoenix Air Unmanned to deploy its SwissDrones SVO 50 V2 in BVLOS operations for aerial work, aerial photography, survey, plus electric power line and pipeline patrol/inspection.    

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