Drone Hobbyists – Is Remote ID a Plan to End Recreational Drones?

Remote ID was in the news again lately, so I thought I would play devil’s advocate and pose the question – could Remote ID be of any benefit to the drone hobby? Is it only being developed to push the commercial drone agenda? What do you think?

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  1. El Marty on March 4, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    que the software hacks and rebel drone flying. The federal government never does things well. As Regan said, the worst thing you can hear is "Im from the Federal Government and I am here to help". Its akin to "we come in peace".

  2. Charles Phillips on March 4, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Be alot of illegal flying then

  3. jack zhang on March 4, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Are you going to make a video about the new law that released couple days ago? Thanks!

  4. MrJoegzz on March 5, 2021 at 12:00 am

    When the age of fossil fuels end… drone should have is way to by the next age of aviation.

  5. Polk Craig on March 5, 2021 at 12:01 am

    Two years ago I got a cheap drone as a present. How do people know that there any rules.? Needs to be some sort of directions or something.

  6. Joe Jones on March 5, 2021 at 12:01 am

    Rather than trying to equip uber-small drones with all sorts of electronic B.S., why not equip AIRCRAFT (planes, helicopters, etc) with a device that will just transmit a signal a certain distance that will cause ALL drones to shut down and drop out of the sky, and power up 100 feet off of the ground?. This would stop the Beevis and Butthead types who want to get video of a 747 pilot taking off from LAX.

    As usual, everyone is being punished for the actions of a FEW MORONS. Why not limit drones to 300 feet elevation? Why not cause drones to be UNABLE to fly more than 500 yards from the remote? Why not wrap the drones with bright L.E.D. lights that can be seen from a long distance?

    I am considering selling all of my drones while they are still worth SOMETHING.

  7. 1tobicat on March 5, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Why do they need to track my recreational drone below 400’? Manned aircraft are prohibited from flying below that altitude. Airspace below 400’ has ALWAYS been uncontrolled, unrestricted airspace. The FAA just took it away like we don’t even matter. Is it for safety? Or anti terrorism? No. It is paving the way for commercial delivery drones that will invade our airspace (read $$$). And everyone is just rolling over and taking it. The thing is, I do not even fly drones. I fly rc airplanes and helicopters. They are NOT autonomous. They are line of sight ONLY. they are (almost) exclusively flown below 400’. Now I must equip my aircraft with a transmitter that squawks my information just to fly in my own back yard, or else I am a criminal. I am PISSED.

  8. Yi Feng on March 5, 2021 at 12:02 am

    I swear the us government ruins everything. It’s why I’ve always cheered at any terrorist attack directed at the us government. The us government is by far, the world’s largest and most organized terrorist orgonazation. Even the ccp isn’t as bad as the us government, hell, Hitler wasn’t as bad as the us government. China, Russia, Iran or N. Korea needs to nuke the shit outta the us government and destroy and kill the entire government. Then it needs to be rebuilt without corruption, evil, greed, or any of that other horrific shit the AOFGCT-(American Orgonazation For Global Corruption And Terrorism) aka us government.

  9. tj Hipprmenn on March 5, 2021 at 12:04 am

    No voter id. No problem

  10. exgenica on March 5, 2021 at 12:05 am

    There are PILOTED aircraft (ultralight category) you don’t even need a license to fly.
    R/C aircraft are so easy to build this will do extremely little to *meaningfully* "improve safety". If someone wants to build an R/C aircraft, including a "drone", they can…and it won’t have to have any ID transponder to function.
    A fixed-wing type R/C craft (search youtube [ flying a foamie ] ) can be built FROM SCRATCH in half a day…just a few hours if you’re already experienced at it. Open Source drone flight control software is readily available so a few microprocessors, motor drivers, and motors, and a smartphone and/or radio transmitter…and you have a fully functional "drone".
    These regulations are going to be as useless/braindead as far as SAFETY is concerned, as Canada’s drone licensing requirements.

  11. SeaC Programmer on March 5, 2021 at 12:07 am

    This is un acceptable for the hobby community UNACCEPTABLE DRIVEL::

  12. Edly Li on March 5, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Now we have to pay the FAA to breath air

  13. nick svaluto on March 5, 2021 at 12:11 am

    I m told if the drone doesn’t have remote id software or hardware on the drone when rid launches it will become obsolete(Alien Drone channel) I hope not I don’t want my potential Xmas present to be for not! Thanks

  14. Timothy Barry on March 5, 2021 at 12:12 am

    Something about you just screams "Fake" to me.

  15. Starfire Technology on March 5, 2021 at 12:13 am

    Are they going to do this with every RC aircraft in existence, planes, quads, helicopters, hell even model rockets, maybe paper airplanes too! Haha, good luck! I don’t know anyone that really wants deliveries by quad, stick to trucks on the ground at least there won’t be the random package falling from the sky.

  16. Outdoor Atheist on March 5, 2021 at 12:13 am

    I have a new drone, but I’m thinking now that I need to send it back for a refund before it’s too late.

  17. Gun Slinger 221 on March 5, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Once again the US Govt motivated by the mostly democratic Nazi party are attempting to turn America into a communist regime. Companies such as Amazon, UPS and others are showering them with under the table incentives so that they can reduce costs by eliminating jobs that will soon be performed by drones. Recreational use of drones will soon be a thing of the past, another sad fact of the times. What is even more discouraging is another democratic white house will be a the forefront of this and many other agendas invading your privacy. The FAA open comments were just there as a pacifier to make you think they give a shat. Smoke and mirrors, you can say your going to be a UMA pilot, I don’t think so. Not when your hit with fines and jail time. Bottom line is, it was nice was it lasted.

  18. Danger Doberman on March 5, 2021 at 12:15 am

    No I won’t ever get an id. If I get a new drone I’ll disable the id. I like flying without anyone know my location and id. These are toys lets be honest. This is like registering nerf and airsoft guns. Ridiculous. I won’t comply, sir.

  19. Joe Jones on March 5, 2021 at 12:15 am

    The MAIN reason the gu’mint is going after drone owners NOW is because citizens are beginning to realize the many benefits of having an eye in the sky, and the many uses of drones for tactical "civil disobedience." Now that drones have the ability to deliver a payload, the government is AFRAID of what a bunch of drone owning pissed off patriots might be able to do.

    A drone can be used to drop a grenade and pull the pin several MILES from the operator. A drone can be used to take down large helicopters and planes. Oh yes, it CAN be done. A drone can drop a flare, or a canister of gas, or a simple "bug bomb" or a homemade incendiary device. A drone can "watch" a stretch of highway to alert people of approaching "unfriendlies."

    The government FEARS drones in the hands of private citizens for the SAME reasons they fear GUNS in the hands of private citizens, and the assaults on private drone ownership and operation will quickly catch up to the BETO O’ROARKE level of draconian controls. "Hell YES, we’re going to take away your DRONES!" It is coming. DO NOT DOUBT ME.

  20. Aaron Brandes on March 5, 2021 at 12:19 am

    The more I research about recreational drone flying the more apprehensive I am about buying one.

  21. christopher campbell tenor on March 5, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Well, I hope it isn’t the end of Recreational Drone flying? I got into this hobby to help relieve stress. The idea of having anyone and everyone being able to locate me or my Drone certainly doesn’t relieve stress. It is an invasion of privacy and potentially dangerous. When simply anybody can find you. Maybe come up behind you and assault you. Rob you. Perhaps somebody really hates Drone pilots? Maybe they’ll use this system to target UAV pilots for violence or harassment. What I don’t understand is why Drone pilots are being treated like this?
    Now I can understand an air traffic control system for Drones. After all they are aircraft and we all understand the reasons to track commercial and private manned aircraft. So as more drones fill the sky safety issues could dictate such a system being necessary.
    However, we the Public, don’t expect to have access to the location of all those commercial and private Manned Aircraft. Why does the general public need or deserve access to all Drone traffic?
    This is my major issue with Remote ID.

  22. Steve Hodge on March 5, 2021 at 12:22 am

    The safety and privacy issue could coexist by allowing everyone to see the location of flying drones so they could make sure to avoid them and only allowing the FAA to have access as to the identification information of those drones.

  23. john pennington on March 5, 2021 at 12:22 am

    This is all crazy!

  24. Jorge Guerrero on March 5, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Goverment are just doing this because their scare of what new things we normal people are about to discover being on the skies…..

  25. kcal on March 5, 2021 at 12:24 am

    If FAA establishes a track free for all, with all the Karen’s around this conversation is over.

  26. cgtalk ! on March 5, 2021 at 12:24 am

    Don’t update your drones people. Fly with no internet connection and enjoy the lasts days.

  27. Fraser Langley-Waldron on March 5, 2021 at 12:25 am

    I am not sure… I am fore and against this. I am in Canada but have a feeling this may come in the near future. As long as the public can not access my information I am more than okay with the government knowing… parliament is probably reading this right now for all I know 🙄 or a solid option would be have recreational up to 400ft and keep an airway 500ft to 800ft for commercial delivery airways.

  28. Lens Traveler on March 5, 2021 at 12:26 am

    Amazon stick to the streets

  29. Tim Kennedy on March 5, 2021 at 12:28 am

    After buying a DJI Mavic to get into this hobby I’m not sure I want to. I think the Government is trying to rule us out of the sky. I have always been a photography nut & through this would open a whole new world to explore. I’m seriously thinking of selling it!

  30. Jack Sykes on March 5, 2021 at 12:28 am

    I am sorry to say, "Government already been doing big brother to us all." The remote ID is just another tool for them to keep track of us and keep regulations for money machines like Amazon and UPS. We all probably be Sky Pilates!

  31. jdubdoubleu on March 5, 2021 at 12:34 am

    You people need to fly your dones and enjoy them. Some of you people are afraid of the unknown. Stop being afraid of what you don’t even understand.

  32. Jeff Dockery on March 5, 2021 at 12:37 am

    As a part 107 holder and a commercial fixed wing pilot I don’t see the difference in remote ID and what is expected of me flying fixed wing under 91.225. Since I fly in B&C airspace I have to be ADS-B compliant and can be tracked all the time by anyone even if I’m not in an area requiring as such. As long as people have the ability to fly in certain uncontrolled areas like we do with older airplanes I don’t see a difference. The 107 is easy to get and I think it would be good to know where others are operating so you can pay extra close attention when others may be around just like we do when flying manned aircraft.

  33. John Marcus on March 5, 2021 at 12:37 am

    The way I see things, and the way I saw things the moment remote ID laws were announced, was that the commercial use of the drone means more to government income than what hobbyists could possibly offer. It will always be a fight for hobbyists to be able to continue to fly. Eventually, hobbyists will have to pay to rent air space, as much as commercial flights will pay, in order for the government to view the groups as having equal rights. It will come down to who can pay more. In the end, it will be the big shippers getting all the airspace, even to the exclusion of passenger flights.
    In the end, the hobbyists will only be able to fly illegally. They won’t be prosecuted unless someone gets hurt, but hobbyists will be continually chased away by the police, under threat of arrest for something as simple as flying in your own yard. Eventually, lawyers will argue, "will we have to rent airspace so we may breathe?". After all, our head sits atop our shoulders, between 3-7 feet typically, in FAA controlled airspace,
    My point is that remote I’d has its place for identification in an emergency situation, but not to control hobbyists out of the hobby. Because Tesla wants to having autonomous vehicles, doesn’t mean we should do away with non-autonomous vehicles, or make them illegal to drive. UAVs need to have better collision avoidance systems built in and mandated to allow this to work well.

  34. Kita on March 5, 2021 at 12:38 am

    But why?? No incidents or accidents have happend because of drone pilots. Even the most neglegent of a pilot hasn’t caused any issues. I hate the FAA I’m also a airplane mechanic and swear that they do more bad than good. They turn a blind eye when they want to but then when they can benefit from it and collect more of our money they are all about it. Thank God for hackers, they may impliment this crap but we will have our ways around it.

  35. CrashN Burn on March 5, 2021 at 12:38 am

    It’s sad 😢 and it’s just going to ha e people having to break rules to fly! Fly rebel fly!

  36. Tim Beach on March 5, 2021 at 12:40 am

    I’m so glad I postponed upgrading to a better drone. More regulations and it wouldn’t be long before the big delivery companies, Amazon and such will push all but the uppermost regulated drones for comercial use out of the sky. If you dont use your drone for commercial use dont buy a drone.

  37. All My Interest Collection Channel on March 5, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Thank goodness I don’t live in the United states right now. I’m actually currently living in Asia a small half moon shape island next to China. Here we just started to have our own drone regulation rules early 2020 and isn’t as strict as the ones in the United States. I currently owned the original Mavic Pro (my very first DJI drone) and Mavic 2 Pro. I will be getting the new Mavic Air 2 very soon around end of 2020 early 2021. I’m only interested in the Mavic Air 2 is for the zoom function. Also want to mention that my current two drones are both registered through the CAA website (i think that’s what the air control here is called CAA very similar to FAA in the USA. i think a lot of the drone rules here are taken from the FAA part 107 because we do too have to take a test to get a license and register but for regular flyers only register is good enough).

  38. NHILL Productions on March 5, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Nice, informative video. I’m a retired Air Force vet (26 yrs), and I was a KC135 "R" aircraft mechanic on flight status, and I’m an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University alumni. I’ve spent a lot of time in aviation, and I’ve done lots of flying. I don’t have an issue with the FAA using RID (in a clearly defined scope). My opinion is that there should be changes to include the RC community in the talks and decision-making process.

  39. TheWhiskeyCowboy on March 5, 2021 at 12:42 am

    Thank you for your video… you just convinced me to never buy a drone. The FAA has already messed with countless YouTube folks because they use drone footage to augment their videos (which they have monetized or have Patrion and similar payments for)… it’s not about safety. If you think it is, wake up. It is about CONTROL and MONEY. And every time I hear people giving a pass to this type of crap and thinking it is in any way to "help" anyone…. no. Again.. wake up. And it is sad that so many just go along with it.

  40. John Tells on March 5, 2021 at 12:43 am

    I understand the safety part, but to have it where the public knows who I am and my location puts my safety at risk. If I need to protect me and my family because some idiot wants to rob me for my equipment gets hurt because he was using the app to find victims to ripoff, who’s at fault?

  41. nick svaluto on March 5, 2021 at 12:44 am

    So your saying that the RID IS long time away years even?

  42. Fpv Pilot on March 5, 2021 at 12:46 am

    Nothing will end rc pilots, its more addictive than any drug out there lol. I have only found a few that fly in this area and they either dont know about registration or just didnt do it so even registration failed here. Now that the media named quadcopters drones we have drone haters so I really dont think any fpv pilot is going to put a tracker on his quad so that some crazy drone hater that dont know the rules anyway shows up while he is flying with goggles on.

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  44. TheAfterBurnner Breneman on March 5, 2021 at 12:46 am

    This is just corporations stealing the bottom 400 feet of the airspace. The government just wants to make it so complex and expensive to fly that the public gives up. You will either be an outlaw or live in fear of crossing some boundary and getting burned by the government if you allow them or anyone else to track you.

  45. Carona Mage on March 5, 2021 at 12:47 am

    If some Hobbiest Drone flyers were more responsible and didn"t push every envelope, flying near airports, over forest fires, harassing wildlife in national parks, and such. There would be no need for all these regulations on the hobby. Do better people

  46. cgtalk ! on March 5, 2021 at 12:49 am

    That’s it. Drone recreation flying is dead.

  47. Ron Marvicsin on March 5, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Depressing news. Just bought mine and don’t want them following me

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  49. 1975supermike on March 5, 2021 at 12:52 am

    I noticed Amazon uk only has toy drones now, racing drones or kits have completely been removed

  50. Promethean on March 5, 2021 at 12:52 am

    Will this apply to drones bellow 250g? So far they avoided all the regulations… If they’re gonna track you for having a toy, then everyone will be tracked. And that simply won’t work today. Imagine FFA publishing the personal information of your son just because he has a flying toy. Boy, that would be one hell of a scandal.

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