Your drone WILL BE GROUNDED (2021 FAA Remote ID final rule)

The FAA has just announced two new rules that will significantly affect what you can (and can’t) do with with your drone, and the drone you currently own likely won’t be able to fly anymore once these take effect.

From the official FAA press release on Remote ID and Operations Over People and at Night:

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced final rules for Unmanned Aircraft (UA), commonly known as drones. The new rules will require Remote Identification (Remote ID) of drones and allow operators of small drones to fly over people and at night under certain conditions. These rules come at a time when drones represent the fastest-growing segment in the entire transportation sector – with currently over 1.7 million drone registrations and 203,000 FAA-certificated remote pilots.

Remote ID will help mitigate risks associated with expanded drone operations, such as flights over people and at night, and both rules support technological and operational innovation and advancements.

“These final rules carefully address safety, security and privacy concerns while advancing opportunities for innovation and utilization of drone technology,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

Remote ID (PDF) is a major step toward the full integration of drones into the national airspace system. Remote ID provides identification of drones in flight as well as the location of their control stations, providing crucial information to our national security agencies and law enforcement partners, and other officials charged with ensuring public safety. Airspace awareness reduces the risk of drone interference with other aircraft and people and property on the ground.

Equipping drones with Remote ID technology builds on previous steps taken by the FAA and the drone industry to integrate operations safely into the national airspace system. Part 107 of the federal aviation regulations currently prohibits covered drone operations over people and at night unless the operator obtains a waiver from the FAA. The new FAA regulations jointly provide increased flexibility to conduct certain small UAS without obtaining waiver.

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50 Comments

  1. bigdatapimp on March 25, 2021 at 12:20 am

    The ONLY drones that will need modifications are hobby built DJI drones will only need a firmware update. You absolutely will not need to buy a new drone. You might possibly be at risk with anything older than a p3pro

  2. Fpv Pilot on March 25, 2021 at 12:21 am

    What if you live in the country, fly on private property and no one ever even sees you flying? How will they ever enforce this stuff? We don’t even have phone signal in a lot of my area.

  3. shelydon78 on March 25, 2021 at 12:21 am

    What is the fine for being caught with a non remote ID drone? Anyone?

  4. decur8 on March 25, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Sooooo when do they go into effect? Manufacturers have 18 months to comply but users only have 12 months to comply. How do I comply without manufacturers providing the equipment first? Does not make sense.

  5. Todd Jordan on March 25, 2021 at 12:21 am

    This is because idiots fly out of visual site and way above air space limits and are even dumb enough to post it on YouTube. If you don’t understand the airspace where you are flying you shouldn’t be flying.

  6. EmBEARased Bear on March 25, 2021 at 12:22 am

    Welp, i wasn’t going to jailbreak my drone, but guess the goverment spooks are gonna force me. Good job goverment.

  7. Sergio Cornejo on March 25, 2021 at 12:28 am

    I own a Mavic Mini so do I have to register it or not because I always get mixed answers?

  8. Mer Zubaer on March 25, 2021 at 12:28 am

    simple fix, just put the fan safety grill on, nobody would hurt.

  9. Shipwright1918 on March 25, 2021 at 12:29 am

    Well, that’s the end of that hobby. Guess it’s back to RC airplanes if I want to fly at home.

  10. Timothy Gonzalez - Jalapeno' on March 25, 2021 at 12:29 am

    The under 250g market in 2021 is going to take off like my Mini2 … good vid .. thanks

  11. 2A HILLBILLY on March 25, 2021 at 12:30 am

    THESE ASSES WILL DESTROY YOUR LIFE . THEY DO NOT CARE IF YOU EAT . I GOT 4000 DOLLARS OF WORTHLESS DRONES. NICE TIME FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO FEAR THE PEOPLE AGAIN.

  12. Floriduh Man on March 25, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Government is satan.

  13. I Hate Everything on March 25, 2021 at 12:34 am

    lol guess im not getting a drone….i mean it is silly to have to register a flying toy.

  14. Dare Master on March 25, 2021 at 12:34 am

    Oh yeah if you’re monetized on YouTube and are getting paid from YouTube You need to register your drone to get a license to fly commercially

  15. Evan Sargent on March 25, 2021 at 12:37 am

    I fly race drones not the gps camera photography stuff. There has been so many regulations i stopped flying my race drones and moved to planes even tho they are way more dangerous they seem to not be regulated as much.

  16. Tracy Haynes on March 25, 2021 at 12:37 am

    Sheesh. My sweet little Mavic Pro ( original) got stolen last year. Maybe I should forget about replacing it. Dang.

  17. VirtuosoJo_ AZDZ on March 25, 2021 at 12:40 am

    Is there a petition or anything to do to fight against this? Aside from people just refraining from doing stupid things lol

  18. North Georgia on March 25, 2021 at 12:41 am

    This is Trumps fault

  19. Pyro Kilrinstinct on March 25, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Yeah I’m still gonna fly

  20. Spongy bob on March 25, 2021 at 12:42 am

    So is this correct over 250 will need the ID? Under 250grams is ok without? Thanks

  21. Steve Beatty on March 25, 2021 at 12:43 am

    General Radio Control Hobbyist: "We have an 80 year long safety record"
    Amazon Pizza Delivery Drone Service: "Crickets……"

    All this has been foisted on we hobbyists without so much as a RISK ASSESSMENT being done…How do I know this ? Because I filed a FOIA request months ago and received a response not long ago…That one was never done…
    I know why. Because it’s the Amazon Pizza Delivery Drones that are the new risk and they don’t want to be bothered…..

    Unjust rules are not to be followed but challenged….Brace yerself shiny…..
    Vic Moss photo looks great on my dart board

  22. Arthur Torricer on March 25, 2021 at 12:44 am

    so we can still fly our smaller FPV drone that’s way under the 250G weight?

  23. ? on March 25, 2021 at 12:45 am

    WE THE PEOPLE

  24. Darkfarfetch on March 25, 2021 at 12:45 am

    Don’t register your drone problem solved. Don’t fly over airports and keep your flights short

  25. GTO L on March 25, 2021 at 12:47 am

    I own a mavic air 2 and my thoughts is they want to make the air only for commercial cause it’s always about money they put the remote ID just so u can pay and it’s unfair for kids like me cause I payed 1200 for my drone and on top of that I need to pay so stupid. Forgot to say I’m only 15 what am I going to do

  26. Cesar Abraham on March 25, 2021 at 12:48 am

    Can we still fly kites?

  27. gayan srimal on March 25, 2021 at 12:51 am

    @t best drone with 4k

  28. The Screaming Rubber Chicken on March 25, 2021 at 12:51 am

    I’m glad I have a toy drone

  29. D Hansel on March 25, 2021 at 12:52 am

    What other flight apps are good to fly the DJI Mavic 2 pro and zoom? Any suggestions

  30. flynncowboy on March 25, 2021 at 12:52 am

    Those of us involved in Civil Aviation has already dealt with this issue. It’s not all Doom and Gloom or the end of RC’s and Drones, Federal rulings and laws like this can always be repealed and beat them back into submission. If people don’t come together and stand up to the Feds they will roll right over everyone. It’s common for the Feds to pass Rulings (Without reasearch or knowledge) and then receed them after public comments ( Especially the ATF ). They then alter and update rules 2) With General aviation aircraft, the FAA wanted new 406 Transponders installed that reported AC type, pilots name and address while in flight. While Commercial AC was forced to comply most Private aircraft simply refused. Not long after that the Feds required new ADS-B Transponders again which isn’t much different than this ruling on Drones. After months of debates and battles the latest rules are that – Aircraft are not required ADS-B outside of controlled airspace ( Class D airports and up ). Anyways my point is – just because they made this ruling doesn’t mean it can’t be recalled , altered or removed. They are treating Drones the same way as Manned aircraft because it’s all they know -.

  31. iamthemoss on March 25, 2021 at 12:53 am

    People keep voting for this. We deserve what we get.

  32. Trisha Dawn on March 25, 2021 at 12:53 am

    A drone hit my house or window around 1am today. Then it hovered above me while I was outside trying to figure out what the noise was that I heard. It had no lights on it but I heard it. So, here I am trying to figure out what I can do.

  33. DeadlyKnot on March 25, 2021 at 12:53 am

    Time to climb trees bois for the shots.

    PS in before government removes trees. L

  34. zkschalk on March 25, 2021 at 12:53 am

    I’ll get right on that…🤥🤥
    Well actually I’m gona say no thanks faa and illegitimate government.

  35. PISQUE1969 Francis on March 25, 2021 at 12:56 am

    RULES, RULES, RULES, RULES, RULES …. ALL THESE UNELECTED gods telling us what we can and cannot do in every imaginable endeavor ….

  36. Rich K on March 25, 2021 at 12:58 am

    first time a 747 sucks a drone in engine and crashes will be the last time any drones fly. It’s good they are putting regulations.

  37. nobadnamesleft on March 25, 2021 at 12:59 am

    The info is appreciated but the title of this video is fear mongering. I dont like regulations as much as any other person that takes responsibility for their actions but to say that nobody can fly anymore is just going to stirr people up in a bad way. If remote ID on older drones is an issue but the drone market is blowing up, despite regulations, then we can expect to see solutions such as small, light and attachable IFF devices for older drones.

    I personally dont think any of these regulations are effective at stopping morons from being morons and obviously any nefarious use of drones is going to be done by a criminal that will be using a "stealth" drone that does not abide these laws. Kinda like how if guns are outlawed then only the outlaws will have guns..

  38. Htownrule on March 25, 2021 at 12:59 am

    My DJI Mavic Air 2 already has remote ID equipped when shipped from the company, along with AirSense that alerts us of manned aircraft approaching. My other drones on the other hand doesn’t have the features

  39. The Werewolf on March 25, 2021 at 1:01 am

    Dude.. you just did a 5m26 video and covered everything, And that includes your intro and extro…
    Bravo sir!
    I just sat through two similar videos by "drone experts" and in one, it took 7m20 just to get through his intro, credits, the long rambling start up, a bunch of anecdotes to FINALLY get to "this doesn’t apply to sub-250 drones" and then 23mins of additional details. I wish more YTers would learn to condense and edit as you have done here.
    Thank you!

  40. Ivandoe Hoofs on March 25, 2021 at 1:01 am

    The government hates seeing people succeed in technology, mostly when it comes to drones, my cousin is making over 100k gross for mapping structures in construction and agriculture. Shame the government and karens always ruins someones freams

  41. Thomas Downey Jr. on March 25, 2021 at 1:02 am

    hobby killers i was going to buy a nice drone ill stick to rc cars

  42. MARC FLETCH on March 25, 2021 at 1:03 am

    Australia has the best implementation of drone categories. Of course not perfect but its about keeping the idiots stop screwing us around. Yes we have drone registration but not dronecid as such . It should be done over years

  43. antidzomtribute on March 25, 2021 at 1:04 am

    is that if i buy a drone less than 295g then no need permit nor FAA registration ?

  44. Tom Wolf on March 25, 2021 at 1:06 am

    Thanks for the info

  45. jaydeep ghose on March 25, 2021 at 1:11 am

    i think every country is just swooping in on hobbyists . The same is happening in India.

  46. El Marty on March 25, 2021 at 1:11 am

    "I am from the Federal Government and I am here to help"…….its like the Constitution does not exist. It makes sense that people should not be endangering others or spying on others with drones, it is another to say that draconian laws and fines are acceptable. The obsolete drones are more like catch me if you can .

  47. rsh1967 on March 25, 2021 at 1:12 am

    Mini 2 price and market share AND NEW TECH including "ultralight" components is going to EXPLODE all this to permit you to add more functionality…

  48. Shawn L on March 25, 2021 at 1:15 am

    Smh 🤦🏾‍♂️ the FAA pretty much screwed the drone community. Great so I have a $1400 paper weight now until I get remote ID. The FAA should have allowed previous drone users to still fly with out remote ID. As long as safety rules are followed. That rule should be for new drone pilots as of this year. Don’t just screw everyone else. Just seeing this discourages me from ever even flying my drone in the USA period. The only hope at this point is to switch to a smaller 250g drone which I don’t feel like doing now but at the same time have no choice.

  49. Bush Love on March 25, 2021 at 1:16 am

    A commercial drone licence teacher here in OZ, agreed with me that our air regulator CASA, is just double dipping into our hip pockets! Our taxes pay their wages and for other things in their industry! Thanks anyways I feel sorry for youse, but am guessing because some of our citizens say that our government, are your government’s puppets we’re next!

  50. Ken Colley on March 25, 2021 at 1:16 am

    Is there any high quality lightweight drones or suggestion on getting a drone ( custom )built that meet the under the 250 g that can skirt the FAA or registration rules ,,, with all of the carbon fiber or lightweight materials out there , do you have any suggestions, thanks for your video

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