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Fly drones in the US? Big changes September 2023!

A new age in drone flying in the U.S. is about to begin this year.

Are you prepared?

Starting this week, Carolina Drone Academy is sending out a series of communications about some of the changing drone rules and technology advancement. Our goal is to help our drone community by sharing important rule changes. Hopefully you find this helpful to plan and prepare for the changes. Today’s note is an introduction to the FAA’s rule concerning Remote Identification. Let’s start with the basics of why, when and what.

New FAA Remote ID rules for drone pilots starting September 2023

The FAA reports that there are over 850,000 drones registered in the United States. As we see more and more uses for drones, it only makes sense that the number of drones will continue to grow. If we add the number of drones to the number of manned aircraft, the skies are becoming even more crowded. To help keep the U.S. National Airspace System safe and secure, the FAA has put into place new rules for drone pilots.

Starting September 16, 2023, all drone pilots in the U.S. will be required to operate their drone in accordance with the Remote ID rule. If you are required to register your drone, then this rule applies to you. This includes drone pilots who fly for fun or for business or for public safety.

If this is surprising or confusing news to you, take a deep breath. Keep reading.

In a nutshell, the FAA Remote ID rule means that your drone will have to broadcast specific identification and location information that can be received by other parties. Much like a wireless license plate, remote ID will allow for drone traffic to be monitored and the pilot identified and located. Remote ID helps 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. This is a layer of protection for other aircraft, buildings, and structures and allows greater security for the people on the ground. Remote ID is a step to allow for more complicated drone missions across the U.S. including flights over people.

Continuing next week, Carolina Drone Academy will share more details about Remote ID. If you start planning and preparing now, you’ll be ready for the September deadline. In the coming articles, we will highlight:

  • What are the three Remote ID options?

  • What information is required to be broadcast?

  • Wondering if your own drone has Remote ID capability? We will show you where to go to find the list of the FAA Remote ID approved drones.

  • Will you be able to fly in your backyard without Remote ID? How to find the areas you can fly a drone without Remote ID.

  • How to update your drone registration with your Remote ID details.

  • Remote ID and flights over people.

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