Remote ID (RID)for UAS
Remote ID will become mandatory for all drones operated in US airspace beginning on September 16, 2023. The remote id function acts like a digital beacon not unlike the signal broadcast by aircraft, allowing them to be safely integrated into the national airspace system. Depending on the age and date of manufacture for your drone you have options:
- If you have purchased a new drone in the last couple of months, it should be ready for remote ID out of the box.
- If the drone you currently have registered with GS was purchased/manufactured after December 16, 2022, you will need to download the firmware update for remote ID.
- If you plan to continue to use a legacy drone, you will have to purchase and retrofit an add-on module to broadcast the unit identification number and location information.
- While the FAA allows for drones without remote ID to operate in FAA recognized identification areas (FRIAs). These are defined practice fields or hobby field locations intended for recreational use. – Georgia Southern drones are not eligible to use this exception.
The FAA has set up an informational website at https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/remote_idSince most of the GS owned drones are manufactured by DJI – you may also wish to consult the DJI Remote ID Compliance Guide FAQ for firmware update information.You can look up your drone model to find out if it is Remote ID compliant by using the following steps:
- Go to the FAA UAS Declaration of Compliance website
- Click on “View Public DOC List”
- Filter by “RID”
- Search for your drone or broadcast module
If your drone or broadcast module is NOT listed, you may not fly it for GS business or on GS property.
Last updated: 7/13/2023