The FAA’s new drone rules start coming into effect from April 21st

Mar 15, 2021

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The FAA’s new drone rules start coming into effect from April 21st

Mar 15, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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The FAA has announced dates for when their new tightened drone regulations (revised from an initial proposal in December 2019) will start to take effect. Not all of the rules are coming in at once, however, taking a staggered approach that sees completion in September 2023 – shorter than originally planned, but still gives pilots and manufacturers plenty of time to comply.

Coming in on April 21st are the Remote ID and Operations Over People rules. The Remote ID system requires identification for drones in flight as well as the location of their control stations or takeoff point. And the Operations Over People rule applies to those flying under Part 107 certificates.

The Remote ID rules, they say is to allow national security and law enforcement authorities to be able to trace drones flying in places where they shouldn’t and to minimise the risk of drones interfering with other aircraft, as well as people and property on the ground.

The Operations Over People rule applies to Part 107 pilots. It allows operations based on four categories that you can read about in the Executive Summary. But in short, the new incoming FAA regulations, while stricter in many ways than the current regulations are allowing a little more freedom over what Part 107 drone pilots can do – providing you and your drone meet certain conditions.

You’ll soon be able to fly your drone over people and moving vehicles, depending on the level of risk presented by doing so. With the right certification (and anti-collision lights on your drone), you’ll also be able to fly at night under certain conditions, too. But you will have to pass a test and complete online training in order to do so – which becomes available on April 6th.

The new rules definitely don’t please everybody, though. Staunch privacy advocates, Google (I hope you noted the subtle sarcasm there) are concerned that the new Remote ID system is going to cause some big privacy concerns, with it potentially inferring sensitive data about private individuals – like home addresses and where packages are being delivered. They also believe that it will make large scale “drone traffic control” systems difficult due to the increased radio traffic.

You can read the full Remote ID and Operations Over People rules at the Federal Register.

How do the new rules affect you? Will you continue to fly?

[via Engadget]

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6 responses to “The FAA’s new drone rules start coming into effect from April 21st”

  1. Biswash tabebung taplejung Avatar
    Biswash tabebung taplejung

    Hy guys

  2. graphguy Avatar
    graphguy

    More government is never better government

  3. Kevin Smith Avatar
    Kevin Smith

    Perfect so it pretty much like always the wanna be hobbyist makes it harder for people that take it serious that fly for a living. Don’t get me wrong yea I get DJI likes to grow and all that and make more money, but in all reality they are just destroying the market, to make more money. Buy making drones that are not to bad, so easy for every dipshxx wanna be drone pilot to go buy one and fly like crap in places they shouldn’t, so when someone like me goes into the city to fly legally, because that’s what I do for a living is fly, makes harder for me because people then think oh great am there dipshxt with a drone that can’t fly without auto level. All you DJI hobbyist suck. If your can’t fly without auto level you should not even be flying much less in a city around people. If you don’t know how to fly without auto level you should not be allowed to fly at all. Because it teaches bad habbits and you really don’t understand how flying works when you just jam the gimbal all the way over in what ever direction you wanna fly and think that’s how it’s done. All you people suck real bad. And should not be allowed to fly unless you actually know how to fly. But yea ok dokie I’m sure some weekend warrior will be on here to tell me a actual professional pilot how I’m so wrong, with your crap fly skills. Flying like a 5 year old thinking your just killing it with your cheap best buys bought POS you paid to much for. Good thing you know how to read the manual since that’s how far your knowledge goes about drones, by the way which is a bad thing. Any dipshxt can read a manual be like I can do this, yea because you know nothing about what a drone can and can’t do. Typical just a waist of my breath. I’m site more of you dioshixts will be like cooooollll with the slobber hanging out if your mouth breathing mouths. Duuuuuuuu. Since that’s about as fare as your brain goes because your to stupid and lazy to actually know the technology, you broke you send back ddduuuuu. …… .. . . … Yea that what all you half a think to. I just need to get off here go get your news and facts from someone’s opinion on Facebook then think and call it fact. When in fact it’s someone’s opinion. Which is what all you mouth breathers do. Hey how about you keep doing stupid shxt and by next year no one will be able to fly a drone in the USA. But hey it was funny right…… While real pilots like myself have to deal with wrath you wanna be shxt flyers

    1. Freddie Avatar
      Freddie

      I am totally confused as to why you thing hobbyist pilots are not real pilots like you.
      You are totally out of touch with hobbyist drone flyers Kevin.
      What makes you such a better pilot than the hobbyist pilots and why so much hate for DJI pilots?
      Just because you hold a license, docent make you a better pilot The FAA docent require a flying test or any training to get a license. I agree that people do some stupid things with their drones, but they are far and few.
      Please stop the hate. Your no better than anybody else.

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      That happened after the rules came into effect. It still happened.