Drone News: RemoteID update, $20K fine for tourist in Vegas, LAANC get an update, etc

Drone News: RemoteID update, $20K fine for tourist in Vegas, LAANC get an update, etc

Join me this week as I discuss the latest in drone news, including a follow-up to last week’s conversation about RemoteID, a California tourist who was fined $20,000 by the FAA for landing his drone at the Las Vegas airport, an update to LAANC, and finally 800 drones flying together to form an airplane in the sky.
Link to the list of airports that participate in LAANC: https://www.faa.gov/uas/programs_partnerships/data_exchange/laanc_facilities/
Link to the list of FAA approved LAANC providers: https://www.faa.gov/uas/programs_partnerships/data_exchange/

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Follow up on RemoteID
Lots of comments last week about the DJI demonstration.
A lot of you discussed the importance of NOT sharing the pilot’s information.
Wifi model: data is sent locally via Wifi technology.
NPRM expected in December. Ability to file comments with the FAA and voice your opinion.
The goal is to share some user data (license plate) so the general public can report rogue drones (how would they know) and to locate the owner.
Showing the location? Nothing has been decided yet.

Tourist fined $20K for landing drone at Las Vegas airport
Californian tourist was fined $20K after his drone as found on the Las Vegas airport property.
He lost control of the drone as he was trying to get a picture of the strip.
His registration number was not written correctly, he illegally flew in the airspace in the first place, flew over 400 feet, over people…
Then he never replied to the FAA when they eventually found out who is was. The fee was $15K initially and is now over $20K since he did not pay for it.


  1. Firesale5 on February 25, 2020 at 3:08 am

    The drone already has WiFi that is how the controller works. Anyone who knows the concept of wardriving or played with a cantenna before knows its possible for this to work.

    The only limit to the signal strength the drone uses is really around trees and building, but once its up in the air above everything wifi can be detected for a mile or more.

  2. Cody L on February 25, 2020 at 3:11 am

    The Remote ID is a sneaky excuse to take your money and frisk you and arrest you. Just more tax on the people

  3. John Thain on February 25, 2020 at 3:13 am

    Thanks for doing these news updates. Your Pilot Institute part 107 class was top-notch.

  4. Daniel Cardenas on February 25, 2020 at 3:13 am

    love the drones at the end. epic.

  5. Tom Grill on February 25, 2020 at 3:35 am

    You mentioned some links you were going to provide in the comments, but I don’t see any here. Specifically, I’m interested in the links relating to LAANC. Thanks.

  6. Florida Wildlife on February 25, 2020 at 3:39 am

    So in essence.. Its a whistleblower app. We saw how well that works..lol

  7. Jet Martin on February 25, 2020 at 3:44 am

    Question regarding RemoteID…DJI’s high end drones (e.g., MP2, P4, etc) use a proprietary transmission technology (occusync) rather than generic WiFi how would the public be able to pick up the license plate for those drones?
    A "license plate" approach seems to make sense in lieu of publishing a pilots exact identity/location to the general public. The FAA should create some training material (perhaps specifically for law enforcement) related to what is and isn’t allowed wrt drone flight so that they can be properly informed and not take inappropriate action. Or alternatively they should just be required to review the FAAs current Drone regulations and perhaps be required to take an online test themselves to ensure that they pass the test to prove that they understand the drone regulations….and as a drone pilot I should be able to challenge the law enforcement officer to provide proof the they have passed said test….after all what’s good for the goose is good for the gander..I’m jussayin…. 🙂

  8. Crash Frehley on February 25, 2020 at 3:55 am

    RE: Remote ID…I’d like to see two versions of the app come out. One for the general public which doesn’t show the location of the pilot and one for Law Enforcement that does. I never mind speaking to authorities, but I don’t want this tool to be used for someone who wants to take matters in their own hands by seeking out the pilot.

    I wish you had been able to attend the West Texas Drone Workshop. It was a great event. Thanks for helping out!

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