On December 28, 2020 the FAA released its Final Rule on Remote Identification (Remote ID) for drones. This requires Remote ID for all drones flying the friendly skies and allows their pilots to fly the drones over people and at night under certain conditions. This new rules go into effect next month. The FAA claims that Remote ID is a giant leap forward, “The new rules get us closer to the day when we will more routinely see drone operations such as the delivery of packages.”

There are three ways drone pilots can comply with the new rule:

● Operate a standard Remote ID drone that sends out identifying information and location of both the drone and its ground control;

● Operate a drone with a Remote ID broadcasting unit (which may be a separate gadget attached to the drone), which transmits identification, location, and take-off site; or

● Operate a drone without Remote ID, but in specific FAA-recognized identification areas. This rule requires that small drone operators have their remote pilot certification and credentials in their physical possession when operating their drones.

With the inevitability of package delivery (and, dare we suggest, even personal air travel) by drone, the FAA’s Remote ID makes perfect sense. Check back with us in two weeks for Silicon Valley’s interesting take on Remote ID!