The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) new rule providing for Remote ID requirements originally scheduled to take effect on September 16 was extended to March 16, 2024. The News Media Drone Coalition, of which the Alliance is a member, sent a letter urging a delay in the deadline and expressed concerns about the availability of modules and firmware updates. After that date, operators could face fines and suspension or revocation of pilot certificates. Remote ID is the ability of a drone in flight to provide identification and location information that can be received through a broadcast signal and helps the FAA, law enforcement, and other federal agencies locate the control station when a drone appears to be flying in an unsafe manner. The Alliance will continue to monitor these developments.
Holly Lubart is Vice President, Government Affairs at the News/Media Alliance. Previously, she served as Vice President of Government Affairs for the PA NewsMedia Association and started her career as a journalist. Lubart has over 20 years of political and communications experience.