It’s official, small unmanned aerial vehicles, sUAV, what we call drones, require remote identification before they can fly. The Final Rule was submitted to the Federal Registrar for publication on December 28th, 2020, was finalized and published in early 2021, and the official effective date for Remote ID is April 21, 2021.

With the new Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft (Part 89) rules published, manufacturers will have 18 months to ensure all new machines are equipped, and pilots will have 30 months to retrofit any drones they wish to continue to operate. That’s right, practically all of the drones you have today will never legally fly again after October 21, 2023.

Don’t panic, there are things you can do to keep flying. Let’s explore the important bits of the FAA’s Remote ID rules for pilots in the Unites States.

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Part 89 in Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations summary


We will have to cover all of the bits and pieces of this rule in more detail…