He also says that the recurrent exam will go away in March, explaining: “Drone pilots were required to retest every two years at a cost of $160. The FAA will provide free training instead that can be completed online for the recurrent portion only.”
For some light reading, here’s the link to the 470-page Remote ID rule and to the Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Over People rule, which comes in at a relatively svelte 292 pages.
A bit more detail about transponders
Transponders transmit a drone’s location, identity, and altitude. The FAA says the Remote ID rule applies to all operators of drones that require FAA registration and lists three ways to comply:
- Operate a standard Remote ID drone that broadcasts identification and location information of the drone and control station;
- Operate a drone with a Remote ID broadcast module (may be a separate device attached to the drone), which broadcasts identification, location, and take-off information; or
- Operate a drone without Remote ID but at specific FAA-recognized identification areas.
Meanwhile, the rules for operating drones over people are listed in the four-page executive summary of that document.
You don’t have to fly alone, but again: that digital license plate
You don’t have to go it alone. There are companies that specialize in recommending, training, and flying drones for real estate and other clients, such as Dronegenuity in Hudson, Massachusetts.
Here’s how that company’s founder and CEO, Dan Edmondson, explains the changes: