The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced an extension of the deadline for drone pilots to comply with the Remote ID Rule's broadcast requirement. Pilots now have until March 16, 2024, to outfit their drones with the necessary equipment. Non-compliance post this date may lead to penalties including fines and potential suspension or revocation of pilot certificates.
The FAA's decision comes in light of reported difficulties some operators have faced in procuring specific remote identification broadcast modules.
To conform to this mandate, drone pilots have the option of either acquiring a drone already equipped with the standard Remote ID or buying and attaching a Remote ID broadcast module to drones that don't possess this feature.
Remote ID serves as a digital identifier, akin to a license plate for drones. It is designed to assist the FAA, law enforcement, and other federal entities in locating the drone's control station, especially if a drone is suspected of unsafe operations or flying in restricted zones.