Days before the remote identification (RID) rule for drones (FAR Part 89) takes effect September 16, the FAA announced September 13 that enforcement of the requirements will be delayed six months to allow drone operators more time to equip their digital license plate.
The agency issued a press release and updated its webpage on the topic, noting that drone pilots have been given what amounts to a six-month extension—until March 16—before any drone operators will face consequences for failure to comply with the new requirement that most remotely piloted aircraft broadcast RID information. The requirement applies to drones operated outside of specially designated areas, and each aircraft is required to broadcast a unique identification number, along with GPS position information for the aircraft and control station, and other required data.
AOPA joined more than 50,000 individuals and organizations that submitted comments to the FAA when Part 89 was still a rulemaking proposal in 2020, voicing support for RID as an essential tool for the safe integration of drones into the national airspace system, while requesting a few adjustments. The final rule, published in 2021, included many of the changes AOPA sought.
Operators who have previously registered non-RID drones that have since been equipped (as many manufacturers have enabled via software update) will need to update their aircraft registration records in the FAADroneZone.