This week in Drone News: FAA Administrator Dickson makes a Remote ID blooper. A discussion about your potentially expiring drone registration. A DJI Mavic Mini was seen flying over a DC March by the White House. Autel shows Evo II Enterprise models in China. And lastly, we are launching a cool tool to help drone pilots find local drone laws.
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Confused about Remote ID? Watch this
Drone pilots said: “The FAA surely can’t make this Remote ID thing more complicated!”
Administrator Dickson said: “Hold my beer and watch this! And don’t call me Surely”.
FAA Administrator Steve Dickson talked to a bunch of kids during Drone Safety Awareness week and after a young boy asked if the FAA was concerned that Remote ID would be too restrictive and therefore force people to not follow it, this is what he said:
Dickson first talks about FRIAs (football field) and flying indoor.
Then he says “Broader scale, business application, at higher altitude, 300-400 feet, within VLOS”.
Let’s me clarify this, if you are beaming that Remote ID will not be required below 300 feet, you have not read the UTM ConOps document the FAA put out a few months ago.
There is NO WAY remote ID will not be required below 300 feet.
So why did the FAA administrator said so:
1. He wasn’t prepared to answer this question at a kids’ events and he is not good at improvising.
2. He doesn’t have a full grasp of Remote ID (he has much bigger fish to fry: Space X launch, 737MAX, etc…)
3. He didn’t understand the question.
4. He flat out lied to a little kid.
5. This wasn’t actually Steve Dickson.
Your FAA registration may be expiring soon.
Drone registration became a requirement in January 2018.
If you registered a drone back then, your registration will expire in January 2021.
Remember, it is 3 years from the day you registered, so be sure to login to the FAA DroneZone to check the date.
You can update your registration today.
Remember also that you have to register your Mini and Mini 2 as a Remote Pilot, but you don’t as a Recreational Flyer.
A mini caught in Washington DC
A Mavic Mini was spotted near Capitol Hill in Washington DC during a recent demonstration in the city.
The video was posted on FB and you can see the mini hovering over the crowd before landing on the road.
Nick, the person who posted the information, said “Once it descended to about 2ft. it just sat there and hovered (while spinning and looking around) before darting forward and hitting a random person in the lower torso.”
He said he picked up the drone, removed the card, and waiting for someone to claim it.
Nobody came so he apparently handed it to the Secret Service.
Not a good day for whoever is going to get caught doing this.
As a reminder, DC has a very strict no flight zone, especially this close to the White house.
New Autel Evo II enterprise
Autel released the Evo II earlier this year with 3 different model: Evo II, Evo II Pro, and the Evo II dual.
Images surfaced online show a few new Enterprise models.
The Evo II Pro Enterprise
Evo II Dual Enterprise
They appear to be equipped with RTK module, flood ligh, and loud speaker.
No pricing, nor confirmation they will be available on the US market.
Confusing Local State laws? No more!
We’ve been listening to our students for a while, and one of the complaints that comes back a lot is: how do I find local regulation?
Most websites who attempted to do this in the past typically don’t stay up to date, or are hard to navigate.
Our motto is not Aviation Training Made Easy for no reason!
We are excited to launch a new brand on our website where you can find the latest local drone regulation.
And unlike other places, we made it a Wiki which means that you can update the information if it becomes outdated.
Instead of making it OUR tool, we made it YOUR tool.
Head over to https://pilotinstitute.com/drones/states/ to test drive!