Remember the large announcement in December 2020, when the Federal Aviation Administration issued its closing rule on Remote Identification for drones? We lastly have a date for when these closing Remote ID guidelines go into impact: April 21, 2021.
The new guidelines are literally a collection of latest guidelines extending past simply distant identification for drones. Along with these guidelines comes an ‘Operations Over People rule’, guidelines round flying at evening in addition to new guidelines round taking the recurrent aeronautical information check (you’ll not should take an in-person check, in lieu of an internet course). The FAA recurrent check for drone pilots set to go reside throughout the first week of April.
Here’s what you should know concerning the new guidelines, as soon as they kick in subsequent month:
Remote identification closing rule: This rule requires that drones will be recognized in flight, and that the situation of their management stations or takeoff level can be recognized.
Note that your drone doesn’t must be geared up with Remote ID as of April 21, 2021. It merely implies that drone producers now have 18 months to start producing drones with Remote ID. From there, you’ll have a further yr to begin utilizing drones with Remote ID — basically which means you could have greater than two years to improve or purchase new drones so that you’re compliant.
Operations over individuals rule: For pilots who fly beneath the FAA’s Part 107 (which means you fly drones for industrial functions), there’s new steerage round flying over individuals, the place the flexibility to fly over individuals and over shifting autos varies relying on the extent of danger a small drone operation presents to individuals on the bottom.
Basically drone operations are damaged down into 4 classes primarily based upon weight of the drone and estimated kinetic vitality produced upon potential impression. In basic, the heavier the drone, the stricter the restrictions.
Flying at evening: Finally, operations at evening are allowed beneath sure situations. To have the ability to fly at evening, it’s essential to move the FAA’s up to date preliminary information check or full the suitable up to date on-line coaching course, which might be obtainable on April 6, 2021.
Until then, you can not fly over individuals, over shifting autos or at evening except you’ve obtained a waiver from the FAA.
Changes to the Part 107 recurrent check: The new guidelines additionally create some modifications to the rule round taking the recurrent check on your Part 107 drone pilot’s license. There’s not a 24 calendar month requirement to finish a recurrent aeronautical information check. Instead, you’ll have to finish an up to date on-line recurrent coaching. Along with that rule is a requirement that distant pilots have their distant pilot certificates and identification of their bodily possession when flying.
Check out our full rundown of the new Part 107 recurrent testing necessities right here.
Who do the ultimate Remote ID guidelines (and different FAA guidelines) apply to?
The closing rule on Remote ID applies to all operators of drones that require FAA registration. That means in case your drone weighs greater than 0.55 lbs. (250 grams) and fewer than 55 lbs. (25 kg), you continue to should register your drone (as per traditional), however you’ll additionally have to adjust to the Remote ID guidelines as of April 21, 2021.
We stated it as soon as however we’ll say it once more (because it’s a incessantly requested query). Your drone does not must be geared up with Remote ID by April 21, 2021. That’s merely the date the rule goes into efficient, and there’s a further ~2 yr, grace interval of types so that you can get your drones truly Remote-ID-compliant.
Read your entire textual content of the Remote ID rule (PDF) and Operations Over People Rule (PDF) by the FAA within the official Federal Register. The FAA has additionally launched a hotline for the general public to submit questions concerning the closing Remote ID guidelines at 844-FLY-MY-UA.