Drone News: Remote ID Drone Advisory Committee report. FAA Registration Update

This week in drone news, we discuss a recap of the Drone Advisory Committee held on June 19, 2020. Remote ID and UTM were hot topics discussed along with recommended changes to the drone culture. In the second part of the video, we discuss an update from the FAA regarding your hobbyist registration.

0:40 DAC Meeting Recap
11:07 FAA Registration update

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Drone Advisory Committee
Drone Advisory Committee met last Friday and it was broadcasted live.
Final rule in Dec 2020 for Remote ID
I have to be a little cynical. This means that the FAA already went through the 50,000 comments that were left in the NPRM, in about 60 working days. That’s over 800 comments per day.
There was discussions about the need for a UTM and I detected a hint at wanting to know where UAS are, even in uncontrolled airspace.
Joe DePete, the president of ALPA took a large part of the meeting congratulating his team mates for coming up with pillar of operation that, in my opinion, are already in place for most serious commercial UAS pilots.
I applaud the push for a learning-focused environment but…
He kept bragging about the safety records for the airlines (which is indeed great) but also he showed a serious lack of understanding of the UAS industry.
While I appreciate that manned aircraft organizations are trying to bring the safety culture (I do the same with our PI courses), their lack of credentials in the UAS world reduces their credibility drastically.
Brendan Schulman from DJI is the only one who spoke for UAS operators in the field by reminding everyone in the DAC that the industry had a perfect record thus far with no fatalities and hundreds of millions of flight conducted.
Sadly, no talk from the AMA representative for the FPV community.

FAA Registration for Hobbyists
The FAA released a statement saying that the first batch of registration that was recently extended to December 12, 2020 will expire soon.
Initially, back in 2016, Hobbyists had to register. Then they didn’t, and then they had to again. For those who initially registered but didn’t ask for their money back, the FAA had extended registration until December 12, 2020.
Registration can be renewed within 180 days so you can login today to the FAA drone Zone and renew yours.
The registration number will remain the same, and
The new expiration will be December 12, 2023 (3 more years).


  1. Yecats Bearcat on November 24, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Thanks Greg!

  2. Robert Clary on November 24, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    Go to almost any small airport on any weekend and count the number of drunken doctors and lawyers taking off, the FAA doesn’t care about them because they have money.

  3. Dave Ramirez on November 24, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    What advice would you give to someone like me who is interested in pursuing drone piloting not only as a hobby but also as a possible business venture? I am looking to purchase my first drone but I am holding back due to everything I have heard about this issue. Would not like to buy something that would quickly become obsolete or cost me thousands of dollars. I am looking to get part 107 I understand this is imperative if I look forward to pursuing a business venture in this field. However what do you suggest to those of us who are new to this on how to get started?

  4. G scop on November 24, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Greg, I suppose it is naive to think that the RID would only be required when operating in Controlled Airspace, or within a very close proximity….It would be a software function that could be turned on and off….? Oh well. BTW…Enjoyed your Part 107 course. I am taking the exam on Sept 4. Will let you know results and will do final review of your Course after the test.

  5. Jonathon Harrison on November 24, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    I’m still somewhat confused when I bought my drone I registered as a hobbyist once I received my FAA license I registered as a commercial pilot and they issued me a new registration number. My question is if I’m flying as a hobby is using my commercial registration on my drone am I legal or does theOld registration which they changed still apply

  6. James Shaffer on November 24, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    👍. Thank You

  7. Goblin 380 Pilot on November 24, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Ill save everyone the time, if Amazon wants the air space that is what’s going to happen and we know they do for their delivery drones. If you want to keep flying you will have to do it illegally. I understand all RC aircraft parts will have to be compliant when the rules take effect. So you keep flying until the supply of noncompliant parts runs out. After that you will have to buy compliant aircraft and pay the monthly fees to the company supplying your data to the FAA.

  8. Jean Gindreau on November 24, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Hi I am wondering if you have this weekly show on a podcast?

  9. Johnny J on November 24, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    I thought Hanson (AMA) had died during the meeting but seeing no death notice later I guess he was just asleep.

    I lost all my drones (and guns) in a boating accident

  10. Huckleberry Hound on November 24, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    You can see the train coming, the light is getting bigger and bigger, yet there is nothing you can do to get out of the way.

  11. Robert Clary on November 24, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Elon Musk ( a private citizen ) can fly rockets capable of taking out a small town but they’re worried about the safety hazard presented by drones? Why isn’t Space X restricted to LOS?

  12. Rob Hodges on November 24, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    Got this as part of an email right after the meeting:

    "The Verizon network
    could be the future of
    air traffic control.

    When you factor in drones, by 2040
    our skies may be filled with more
    aircraft by an order of magnitude."

    This sounds like there is more info than the FAA is providing.

    Skyward (part of Verizon) has been pushing heavily for this system.
    A few months ago, I listened to what was supposed to be their training for Inspire II flying but was nothing more than a crappy infomercial for their drone services.
    When a question came up about remote ID, the woman that answered was almost rabid in her avocation for the immediate need for remote ID.

    This was not surprising to me, since their parent company has an incredible potential for profit. I stopped listening after that.

    People with such a stake in potential profits should not be driving a solution they could benefit greatly from
    I would say that there are some pretty bad conflicts of interest driving this issue.

  13. Absinthe2401 on November 24, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    There is no Internet in the mountains where I will be flying, so guess that means fly anyway! By the way, public comment is a joke. The gov’t has already made up their minds, public comment only makes it appear they care what you think.

  14. Rick David on November 24, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    We begged people not to ruin it for the rest of us…

  15. Robert Clary on November 24, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    I was a private pilot, the FAA regulated and priced me out of that years ago.

  16. blastman8888 on November 24, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    The comments must have ended up in the trash can. The final ruling will be exactly what they proposed. There hasn’t been one single fatality yet they compare it to airlines which we just had over 500 people killed in the 737 max. Rich Hanson from the AMA is he even awake at these meetings he must be paid off by google.

  17. Robert Clary on November 24, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    The end goal of the FAA is to restrict airspace use to large commercial operators and the very rich, welcome to Trump World!

  18. Mark Barrentine on November 24, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    With drone hobbyists and fpv community being greatly underrepresented on the Advisory Panel, I sense a big legal challenge to any onerous regulation being placed upon these groups.
    Sounds like it’s better to renew my registration now rather than later to avoid a potential exam later on.

  19. John Sanders on November 24, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    In my part of West Texas, using a cell signal or wireless Internet to satisfy the proposed remote ID requirement will severely limit my ability to fly. Hmmm, it just occurred to me that the initials for remote ID is "RID" as in get RID of sUAS drones. Sad.

  20. kimfoto on November 24, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Thanks Greg

  21. Keith M. McDonald on November 24, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Greg, having just successfully completed the Pilot Institute course and my Part 107, I have been following the Remote ID discussion carefully and it has me holding off on purchasing a drone. In your reading or monitoring of the discussions, have the FAA indicated whether the Remote ID will be transmitted over the Internet, aviation frequencies, or other licensed frequencies like GMRS or Amateur Radio? Many GMRS and Amateur repeaters use CW (Carrier Wave, or Morse Code) for transmitting the station callsign. This has me wondering if existing drones that are forced to comply with Remote ID outside of designated drone zones would be able to be retrofitted with a programmable strobe that transmits the Remote ID visually using Morse Code? WQXP639 / KM1USR

  22. Corey Malhiot on November 24, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Thank you for this update, there is very little coverage on this topic

  23. Pheneous Phreak on November 24, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    Seems like safety = regulation

  24. Thomas Williams on November 24, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    I guess I don’t understand… what is the advantage or the big deal if I renew my registration now, or closer to December? What am I gaining? Not that is a big deal to do it now……

  25. Ed Ruttledge on November 24, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    FYI – I received a notification from the FAA advising me the registration for my Autel EVO was going to expire at the end of December 2020. But, my account information maintained by the FAA showed the registration was good until 2022. I made an inquiry to the FAA. Two weeks later I received a response … to disregard the first notification. … The FAA is one wholly f*cked up bureaucracy. It needs to be reconstituted from the ground up (pardon the semi-pun) and restructured to address a post bi-plane era airspace utilization and technology. Unfortunately, this will not ever happen under SecTrans Elaine Chao.

  26. SEAsUAS on November 24, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Having a positive outlook is good for the mental health but let’s not be naive to believe FAA has the best interest of drone pilots in mind. 🤔. Great reporting as always. Thanks.

  27. GoGrow LED Growlights on November 24, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Sounds like typical bureaucrats! Regulate everything into oblivion!

  28. MikeBoutdoors on November 24, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    When I was activating my DJI P4Pv2 earlier this year the app had me do a brief quiz. Had a period of time to complete it before or it would restrict me. Real basic safety stuff. Mostly common sense to responsible people. I feel like that’s the knowledge test the FAA has in mind for hobbyists.

  29. Unityinfusion Media on November 24, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    I wish to fly my drone commercially and would love to know. If the FAA also have any test centres in the UK so I can do commercial work as I am stuck at a stand still right now and would like to proceed as I wish to open a business with my drones instead of used using it currently for hobbist fun…. theres no help in the UK to determine what should be done and how to do it.

  30. Elliot Huh? on November 24, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Buy the drones you want before this monster goes through and kills the hobby.

  31. Jet Martin on November 24, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Excellent update..the FAA has ZERO credibility with many drone pilots at this point. We will not comply if they stay on the current path with RemoteID. No SIGNIFICANT changes to RemoteID means NO compliance.

  32. racsyr on November 24, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    As a fellow Prescottonian, I agree that a lot of the RID requirements are not necessary, or practical. If I’m flying near my house, even, and my nearest neighbor is a mile and a half away, I need remote ID? Crazy. On the hobbyist registration, if I am 107 certified and say that any video or pictures I take could potentially be sold or used for commercial purposes (I’d sell anything I do for the right price) then everything I do would fall under flying as a part 107 pilot and therefore, no hobbyist registration would be needed, correct?

  33. David M on November 24, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Great info as usual Greg! I totally agree that if they make it too complex we will lose a lot of people from the hobby and/or people just won’t follow the rules. I just don’t believe the FAA has only safety in mind. I guess I’ve been kind of jaded from too many years of seeing the government take away our freedoms in the name of safety and security. 🙁

  34. Albuquerque Aerial Imagery on November 24, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    Manned pilots do stupid things too

  35. RCINFORMER on November 24, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    Just FYI….You have to pay to be on the Drone Advisory Committee…

  36. LEO UR on November 24, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    So basically what I’m getting is it’s too late to get into this Hobby.

  37. GTO L on November 24, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Imma be honest im a 15 year old kid loves drone saved money for almost a year saw that the mavic air 2 came out and I got it cause of airsense and I always follow the rules actually I never even flown in controlled airspace or class D or nothing I never fly over 400 feet and now we need to pay for a tracker that tell everyone we’re my 1,200 drone is and for everyone to see were a 15 year old kid is that it’s retarded hope they don’t do nothing of this man I’ll be upset I’m ok registering it but now this 😐 cmun they won’t even read our comments

  38. ssi220 on November 24, 2020 at 9:57 pm


  39. WilzDezign on November 24, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    Thanks Greg! For sure stay positive! Congrats on 4k too

  40. Ian Oliver on November 24, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Regarding the Drone Advisory Committee online meeting; You said there were only 250 or so people that watched it. How were people notified that this was even happening? I left my contact information when made my Comment to them and I see no record of an email or anything saying this was going to happen. I’m thinking if more people new about this there would have been quite a few watching.

  41. JnS focuz on November 24, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    As usual great video and informative..Thanks

  42. Jon T on November 24, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Amazon either got permission or bought airspace from the FAA for drone delivery services here near Denver Colorado. The thing I’m mad about is the FAA is claiming airspace as their own and I believe they shouldn’t own airspace above property and such. It’s really frustrating and I hope we don’t lose access to electronics that are made today thus forcing us to remote ID.

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