CDA And AUVSI Release Guide For FAA’s Remote Identification Of Drones Rule

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The document highlights special considerations, such as the restriction on flying drones equipped with RID broadcast modules beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) without a specific waiver. 

The Commercial Drone Alliance (CDA) and the Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) have released a comprehensive guide to help drone operators and manufacturers comply with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) UAS Remote Identification (RID) Rule. This rule requires drones to broadcast identification and location information, serving as a digital licence plate to distinguish authorised from unauthorised drone operations.

The FAA’s discretionary enforcement period has ended, with drone operators expected to fully comply with the RID Rule’s operating requirements as of March 16, 2024. For manufacturers, the grace period ended in December 2022.

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The guide addresses frequently asked questions about the RID Rule, providing clarity on compliance steps for both operators and manufacturers. It explains the different pathways to compliance, the requirements for producing standard RID drones and broadcast modules, and how operators can ensure their drones meet RID specifications.

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The document also highlights special considerations, such as the restriction on flying drones equipped with RID broadcast modules beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) without a specific waiver. Manufacturers must adhere to FAA-accepted Means of Compliance (MOC) to demonstrate their products meet the minimum performance requirements of the RID Rule.

This guidance document aims to support widespread commercial drone operations and the benefits they bring to communities, emphasising the importance of compliance for the safe and secure integration of commercial drones into national airspace.

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