New FAA Rule – Connect Your Drone to the Internet or Don’t Fly

January 3rd, 2020
New FAA Rule - Connect Your Drone to the Internet or Don't Fly

Just before Christmas, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a proposal with regulations that would allow them to track nearly every drone flying at all times in US airspace. Let’s take a closer look at it!

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The FAA Tracking System

Rules for drone owners keep multiplying to improve the safety and identification of every aircraft flying in the US. During this holiday season, the FAA. has just published a 319 pages proposal with regulations that could impact a lot of drone owners in the US.

To make it short, the idea is that all UAVs will have to share in real-time their location and identification number on a radio frequency that can be monitored by the police. Also, drones would have to share their position at the same time straight from the drone to the FAA’s servers.

Of course, to transmit this kind of data to the FAA’s servers, you’ll have to be connected to the Internet. This is one of the major concerns behind this proposal. Indeed, if you are flying in a remote area, you won’t have access to the Internet. Here is what the FAA proposal says:

If the internet is unavailable at takeoff, or if during the flight, the unmanned aircraft can no longer transmit through an internet connection to a Remote ID USS, the UAS would have to broadcast the message elements directly from the unmanned aircraft from takeoff to landing.

Also, if you don’t want to broadcast your tracking data via radio frequency, you will have to share your position via the Internet and limit flights to 120m/400ft laterally.

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Drones under 0.55 pounds don’t have to comply with this new regulation. Image credit: Dose Media

However, not all drones are concerned by this regulation. If your drone weight under 0.55 pounds (like the Mavic Mini), it is a “recreational drone,” and it doesn’t have to comply with this new regulation. If you are not in this category, you’ll have to fulfill in the next three years after this proposal takes effect.

This proposal can be seen as another step in the tracking process introduced in 2015, that requires all drone owners to register their aircraft by submitting a contact form that includes their names/email/address directly to the FAA.

In the next couple of days, the FAA should open a 60-day comment period for its proposal. This comment period is your chance to give them your feedback before they write the final version of this new regulation.

What do you think of these new FAA rules? Is your drone already registered to the FAA? Let us know in the comments below!

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Aure Tan Jr.
Aure Tan Jr.
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11 days ago

Seems to me that the rules on tracking are an overreach. The FAA needs to justify why they need to track drone flight based on public safety, not for the sake to surveilling the public.

 Chuck Yates
Chuck Yates
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January 24th, 2020

I’m flying:
A MJX Bugs 2SE (over .55 pounds)
And
A Mavic Mini, coming in at the clearly well thought out weight of 249 grams or just under .55 pounds.
I also fly a couple of toy and race drones indoors and out.

I’m certainly would not get rid of my drones.

I personally believe there should be some kind of Grandfathering in of existing drones. I know there needs to be rules but I should not be punished for my hobby.
My wife does that.
But I do not think it’s likely they will grandfathering.

Thank goodness my Mini looks in the clear.
I’m loving that purchase now.

If you read all the infrastructure requirements, this isn’t something that’s going to happen overnight. I think three years seems aggressive.

But clearly, all you have to do is spend an afternoon watching the general public slaughter the existing rules and post it on YouTube for all the world to see to understand we are our own worst enemy.

I wonder if the FAA felt like the general UAV flyer were actually obeying current line of sight and altitude rules, if they would be moving so expeditiously to enact new restrictions.

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January 10th, 2020

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January 10th, 2020
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David Elkins
David Elkins
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January 9th, 2020

Why wouldn’t they apply the same rules as VFR for pilots of manned, full sized aircraft?? You not required to broadcast your position under VFR flight rules (under some certain circumstances you are). A pilot taking a Cessna out of a private strip and returning to the same strip has no requirement to contact anyone for that flight. This seems like overreach.

Cinema5D
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January 10th, 2020
Reply to  David Elkins

THANK YOU! My professional drones and long range survey aircraft all have transponders. Friend can fly over an area Im scanning with lidar or whatever else is needed and see that its me. I lose contact on a 30 mile flight, transponder lets other planes know. Needs to be a bit of a greater divide in the hobby. High professional that costs $$$ for good reasons, and racing/freestyle which arent capable of anything people fear. I love and do both.

Packer out at oxnard tracks ;) lets freestyle ;)

Member
January 7th, 2020

I don’t like the rule but I understand why they want it. I would be okay with location monitoring in controlled airspace that goes from the surface up, say, or even anywhere in Class B or C, but beyond that, no.

David Purdy
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January 4th, 2020

New *proposed* FAA rule

Member
January 3rd, 2020

Guns? No registration, training, or tracking necessary.
Drones? Well we need to track your every move!

 Dan Brockett
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January 3rd, 2020

As a hobbyist, I’ll be selling my drone. The last thing I need in my life is more governmental spying, snooping and oversight into my every waking moment. 1984 is here.

 Ari Kirschenbaum
Ari Kirschenbaum
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January 4th, 2020
Reply to  Dan Brockett

If your drone was DJI then Big Brother was already spying on you, it was just China not USA.

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