Aug. 2, 2023
NBAA reminds members operating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) under Part 107 that they must comply with the final phase of the FAA’s Remote Identification (ID) rule no later than Sept. 16. All users required to operate Remote ID-equipped drones must have such systems installed on their UAS by that date.
The agency’s Remote ID rule became effective in March 2021, with forward-fit installation of Remote ID capabilities on new UAS required after Sept. 16, 2022. The rule going into effect this year applies to existing UAS with retrofitted Remote ID broadcast capabilities.
“While newer UAS have Remote ID already onboard, operators of older drones may have been waiting to add the necessary equipment,” said Heidi Williams, NBAA senior director for air traffic services and infrastructure. “The time to do so is now, particularly as we’re seeing many units are on backorder with the deadline approaching.”
Any drone weighing 250 grams or more is required to have Remote ID capabilities or be operated solely within an FAA-Recognized Identification Area (FRIA). Only community-based organizations and educational institutions approved by the FAA may request a FRIA through FAADroneZone.com.
Some retrofit Remote ID modules may be swapped between recreational-use drones operated under a common operator registration. However, Part 107 pilots must register each standard Remote ID drone or Remote ID broadcast module separately, which means each one will get a unique registration number.
To check if your drone is compliant with the new requirement, visit uasdoc.faa.gov. Any UAS without an approved Remote ID listed may not operate outside a FRIA.