The FAA has announced when the rules for remote ID will take effect, along with the newly released regulations for drone operations over people and moving vehicles and nighttime flight. In a press release released on Friday evening, the FAA said the “final rules that allow remote identification of drones and some flights over people, over moving vehicles and at night under certain conditions will be on April 21.” Will come into force in 2021. ”This does not mean, however, that pilots need to be immediately concerned about compliance with Remote ID regulations. The rule gives manufacturers the ability to include the remote ID on their aircraft 24 months after the effective date and 36 months for operators to comply with the requirements.
Wait – haven’t we already talked about when the remote ID will take effect?
Remote ID, Operations Over People and Flight at Night were released late last year and should go into effect on March 16, 2021. Due to the change in administration, however, the government decided to postpone the entry into force so that the new administration has time to review. From the federal register:
On January 20, 2021, the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff published a memorandum entitled “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review”. The memorandum called on heads of executive departments and agencies to take steps to ensure that those appointed or nominated by the president have an opportunity to review new or pending rules. Regarding the in the Federal RegisterHowever, the memorandum asked the agencies to postpone the entry into force of the rules for 60 days from the date of the memorandum to review any questions about facts, laws, and policies the rules might raise.
In accordance with this directive, the Agency has decided to postpone March 16, 2021, the effective date of the final regulation on remote identification of unmanned aircraft (RIN 2120-AL31), to April 21, 2021. Given the sheer complexity and length of this delay in the entry into force of the final rule of March 16, 2021, provides an opportunity for the President-elect or Presidents-elect to review the rule and allow for factual, legal or policy issues to be considered.The rule may be raised before it comes into force.
While Remote ID was the most complex of the new rules, Ops Over People and Flight at Night fell under the same category. Therefore, the three rules will take effect on the same day. However, pilots don’t have to wait three years to take advantage of the Ops Over People and Night Flight rules, according to the FAA statement:
The Operations Over People rule applies to pilots who fly under Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. The ability to fly over people and over moving vehicles depends on the risk a small drone operation poses to people on the ground. The rule enables operations based on four categories contained in the Executive Summary (PDF) of the rule. In addition, this rule enables night-time operation under certain conditions. Prior to flying under the new regulations, a remote pilot must pass the updated Initial Skills Test or take the applicable updated online training course, which will be available on April 6, 2021.
The public can view both the remote ID (PDF) and the Operation Over People rule (PDF) in the federal register.
For more information on these new regulations, pilots can call 844-FLY-MY-UA or contact the FAA directly via email.