New FAA Drone Proposal NPRM-2019-1100 – Let Your Voice Be Heard!
Now the document number is NPRM 2019 1100 and have a link below where you can go and read that for yourself, and I recommend you do that, because if the rules are put in place, the way these have been proposed, it's gon na fundamentally change the way You register your drone and the way you fly your drones, so, if you're out there flying drones today, it's definitely going to affect you and I'm gon na break this clip into four different sections I'm going to talk about. Why they're doing this? What are they doing? Specifically, how does it affect us and then finally, I'll come back with a conclusion to give you a couple of ideas of maybe what you can do to help this community stand up and speak with one voice because I'm gon na sound dramatic here. But if these rules are put in place, the way they've been proposed, it's going to create havoc in the industry, it's gon na create a problem for hobby fliers, it's gon na fundamentally change where you can fly how far you can fly and there's a ton of Stuff in there that scares me about personal liberty, so I'm gon na make this clip as short as possible, to give you just the basics. But I promise you I've been studying this document for the last couple of weeks and there's a lot of angles to this, and it would be impossible for me to discuss them all in one clip.
So expect me to have a series of clips being released. That talk about various aspects of it as well as alternatives that would work really well. It could be implemented today that wouldn't be as intrusive and as burdensome as this proposal is because reading through it, we had a pretty good place where we were flying. This rule changes everything to lockdown our ability to fly and, in most cases, it's gon na prevent a lot of hobbyists from even putting the drone up in the air so stay tuned for those clips later on, but for today's clip I'm going to basically break it Into those four sections they talked about, and the first section has to do with – why are they doing this, and it should be pretty obvious that drones have become incredibly popular people are putting drones up all the time and they're. Some of them understand the rules. Some are register and some aren't so it's a bit of a Wild West out there, and I have to say out of the gate that I'm actually a fan and I support remote identification of UAVs. I think it's a good thing for the Hobby. I don't think it's that burdensome to actually register your drone be able to identify the drone that's up in the air now, to the extent that they're pushing it, I think, is way too much it's going way too deep, but I really feel like if you're a Responsible flier, like most of us, are just like with your car or your boat or whatever you happen to register your dog.
You register it and if you do something bad with it, it makes it easy for the authorities to understand that that car that hit my car and then took off and it sort of hit and run it'd, be easy to find out that that guy was driving. That car, so I think, that's a responsible thing to do. What worries me about this new regulation is that it goes much deeper than that and I'll get into that in the next section. So I think there are two reasons they're doing this. The first has to do with security, personal responsibility. They want to know what drones are up in the air and if you're the nuclear power plant or a prison, it would be a good thing for you to know that hey there's, a drone approaching the gate. Maybe I should know who's flying that drone, so I think remote identification is a really good thing, so the first reason they're doing it is for security in the air. They want to know what's up there. The second reason, which is really where I have a problem, is around the commercial intrusion. I'Ll call it of all these other big companies that want to put drones up to deliver packages now I'm. Not against that completely because I feel like drones are a wonderful way to get something from point A to point B as long as it's done sensibly and it doesn't affect the hobby because, honestly, we were up there.
First, all these commercial interests that are going to get up there and start flying drones came later right, so it's kind of our skies right now. So there are ways to sort of incorporate those and in the national airspace that doesn't dramatically affect hobbyists. But those are fundamentally the two reasons this rule is coming out number one because they need to know who's up in the air and I think that's a good thing and number two. The commercial interests want to integrate their drones up into the airspace and, I think that's a good thing too. If you're, delivering blood or delivering organs or you're rescuing kids out in the woods, commercial flights are definitely something that should be supported. But I feel like, as a community, we can certainly come together over a cup of coffee and figure all this stuff out. So those are the two reasons are doing it now. If you stay tuned to this next section I'm going to talk specifically about what they're doing – and this is the part that you're going to get your blood pressure raised over – so definitely pay attention to this next section. Now that you know why the FAA is suggesting these changes, it's really important to understand how it affects the hobby and, more specifically, how it's gon na impact you as a flyer, because these changes that are suggested in this NPRM are not small things. They'Re major changes to the way you fly your quad and without sounding dramatic it's, almost like we hit a pivot point in our hobby we're up til yesterday.
We all understood what we could do with our quads, where we could fly and the rules at the FAA put out. I think we're really common sense. They were easy to follow, they kept everybody safe and they let us enjoy our hobby with a lot of onerous oversight from the federal government. These new regulations, if they become law, are gon na change. All of that so they're gon na determine where you can fly. How far you can fly, what kind of quad you can fly it, even if you can fly the quad you already own, but more importantly, I feel that they're really intrusive into my flying behavior, so there's gon na be tracking going on when you're flying your quad That'S going to be kept for an unspecified period of time, we're, not sure who gets to review that data or what that data is going to be used for so there's. A lot of unknowns in this regulation that need to be nailed down and what I find. So interesting is that if you read through the proposal and I've done it a bunch of times it's a couple of hours of reading, there's, so much gray area in there that hasn't been defined yet that it's scary, the possibilities of where that can go and I'm. Not one of those conspiracy theory guys but I'd like to know what I'm getting into before I sign up for it. So essentially what this proposal outlines is three different things.
The first part which they've clearly defined is the responsibility of the hobbyist. So two things change for us. The first one is a registration process and I'll go through that in a minute, so they're asking for a little bit more data. There they've also changed the way you register your quads, but the second part of that based on the hobbyist involvement, is around the kind of quad we can fly and they've defined three different categories of flight and honestly none of the quads we have today meet any Of those three categories they meet one of them but it's going to really restrict the way you fly so I'll go through the three categories, but the parts that scare me are the data they're gon na collect on us when we're flying hasn't really been defined. Yet they haven't defined who's gon na collect it. How long it's going to be capped? Who gets to look at it and, as a citizen of the US, I like to be assumed innocent until I'm proven guilty. So if I'm flying reasonably? Oh, you could say: Rick don't worry about it, they're just going to keep the data. I just don't like people having access to data, knowing where I flew, where I was when I flew how long I flew how far I flew how many times I was in that field. That kind of data for me is something you would investigate. You know if I was a bad guy or doing something bad.
I just don't like the fact that they're gon na track me every time I put a quad aloft and keep that data for unspecified period of time. They also haven't determined who gets to collect that data. What kind of personally identify information is going to be in there? How they're going to correlate that with the registration process, so there's a lot of unknowns there and then the third thing, which is again an unspecified feature of this particular proposal, is what the manufacturers have to do to build new quads to accommodate these three categories of Flight that I'm going to talk about in a minute. So what scares me about that is that we've all invested a lot of money in our in our toys and the hobby. How do I know that my Mavic 2 can be updated to meet these new requirements? Do I have to get rid of that and buy a Mavic, 3 or Mavic 4 that's got all this new feature set built into it, so there's a cost involved not only with replacing gear to adhere to these new categories, but, more importantly, I'm. Also, not a fan of spending extra money where I've got to have an internet connection. You know every time I fly that's going to be a data plan that I've got to pay for a lot of people. Can'T afford that. So does that mean only people that are wealthy can fly and people that maybe aren't as well off can't fly? I don't think that's a very democratic way to approach it.
So I'm rambling a little bit here but I'm trying to be as contained as I can about this because reading through it it's clear to me that this is all about assuming everybody's a bad guy and making it easier to find the bad guys whereas I'd. Rather, take the other approach and as soon everybody's a good guy and put technologies in place to sort of catch, the bad guy, so I'll talk about at the end, so let's get into the regulations first and then I'll talk more about the conclusions. So the first thing I'm going to talk about is the new registration process, because two fundamental things change there and I want to make sure you understand what happens there so I'll get into that next. Under this new FAA proposal, you'll need to register each one of your drones individually and you'll receive a certificate of aircraft registration for each of the Quadra. Also, as part of this new registration process, you'll need to supply the serial number of the drone, as well as a phone number of the owner of that drone. The other major change in this proposal, which I'm not at all comfortable with, is the way that your drone is going to have to remotely identify itself to interested parties. Now I use the air quotes for a reason, because don't clearly define in the proposal who those interested parties are now I'm, assuming which is always a dangerous thing that it's limited to law enforcement, official state and local government federal agencies, Park, Police or even security people.
At a facility that want to know who's flying that drone and they have the right and the ability to determine who's flying it is it registered and also where's the pilot standing so let's. Imagine for a second you're working in a nuclear power plant. Your security and you see a drone heading over the fence, probably a good idea for you to identify who's flying it and go find the guy and have a conversation with them about how this is protected airspace and you shouldn't be flying the drone here. So I have no problem with the fact that they can identify. It know that it's registered and know that I'm flying it because I'm playing by the rules. So if I'm flying in a place that it should be flying no one's gon na hassle me. But if I'm a goofball and decide to launch my drone over the fence in a military facility, bad things are gon na happen and I think the whole point of remote ID is to give the authorities the ability to identify a good drone from a bad drone And then take action against that. My worry with this, though, is that, if I'm broadcasting that and I'll get into the three categories in a minute, but if I'm broadcasting that information which gives anybody listening the geospatial position of that drone in 3d space in the air and specifically the position of the Pilot is that broadcast something that anybody can pick up on.
Is it something that's just out there with an application or you're cranky neighbor down the street? That doesn't, like drones at all, sees you flying it in the field and can find you and come over and give you a hard time about it if they limited it just to federal agencies or just the law enforcement agencies are people that have the right to Know about that I'd be totally comfortable with it, but the problem is it's, so we'll defined at this point and they even talked about having applications that can pick this up on a cell phone that's. To me, scary, that seems to be an invasion of privacy. I should be able to fly if I'm doing something wrong come talk to me, but if I'm not leave me alone – and I don't want every neighbor out there getting an application coming over and asked me about that. Drone it's just going to be too invasive. To my privacy of my ability to fly so what they've done in this proposal has identified three categories of flight and the type of drone and the type of broadcast and information that has to be sent based on those categories and you're. Gon na find that these are incredibly restrictive and not only they're restrictive, but they're burdensome they're, expensive it's, going to take a major change in the technology to implement them. Now again, maybe some of the manufacture have seen this coming and they built in ways to modify the gear you've already got but I'm.
Looking at this and I'm thinking boy. This is a major change and the way the equipment's being built and in future generations in the next two to three years have to include it. You can guarantee the price is going to go up so it's gon na make the Hobby even more expensive I'll get into some conclusions. At the end, where I talk about other methods that you can do the same thing, that wouldn't cost them anything but for now let me define the categories and then I'll come back and give you some conclusions about what I think you can do as a flier To really let your voice be heard, because this is such a major change in this hobby that if you don't speak up now and this proposal turns into law it's going to change everything about the way we fly. So let me get into the categories next then I'll come back with some conclusions. The first category of flight is called standard, remote ID, which is section 89 110. Any drone in this category will need to be able to broadcast its flight details from the quad. For the entire flight also required is a connection from the controller to the internet to supply that same flight detail to a remote ID UAS service supplier. Both of these have to be functioning the entire flight or the quad needs to be landed. Also, all current FAA regulations still apply. The second category is called limited, remote ID, which is section 89 115 in the proposal, and drones in this category are prohibited from broadcasting their flight details from the quad.
But they must update those flight details through an internet connection to a remote ID UAS service supplier. Throughout the entire flight, drones in this category are also limited to a 400 foot maximum flight distance, and that has to be designed into the quad. The third category covers older drones and amateur built drones and it's section 89 120. In this category, the drones aren't required to broadcast their location or flight details, and they don't require an internet connection to update a remote ID UAS service supplier, but they must fly in an FAA proof, field, Music. It should be pretty obvious by now just how these proposed changes are gon na impact you as a flyer and it's, really important that you react to this because right now these are proposed changes nothing's been implemented, but the FAA has opened up the comment period to Give them feedback and your thoughts and your opinions on these proposed changes for the next 30 days. So I have a link below where you can click that link, go right to their website and fill out that form and let them know what you're thinking. Let them know you've been a flier for a while how much you enjoy the Hobby. How much you love the beauty the country has to offer from putting a quad up at a hundred feet and looking down at that beautiful lake or forest and just give them your feedback. Because I promise you, they listen and I think there's millions of Flyers that have drones up in the air.
So if only a small portion of us got on the website gave them our feedback and let them know we're not opposed to the remote ID. We think there are better ways of doing it. I think they'll definitely listen and it may have an impact on how this rule is finally implemented. Having said that, a couple other things to keep in mind nothing changes immediately, so there's a three year grace period for all of us to come up to speed on this there's a two year grace period for the manufacturers to modify the hardware if needed, to comply With this particular change, so we've got a little bit of time on this and even after the comment period closes, there are ways you can have an impact on this now, as I mentioned at the top of this I've got four or five other clips I'm working On one of those Clips specifically identifies the people in your state in your community that are on the committee's that have recommended changes. So if you've got a senator congressman or somebody, an elected official in your environment, that you can contact the best way to do that's in person, the next best way to do that to sit down and write a handwritten letter to them. And let them know exactly what your opinions are, because they listen to their constituents and if enough, people in a state get to the right person in that state and they're on the committee.
That'Ll have an impact on it as well. A couple of things to keep in mind the FAA didn't develop these rules out of thin air. They actually put a committee together. It was called AARC, which was the aviation rulemaking committee, and that was a body of 74 different professionals. They were from drone manufacturers from law enforcement from local state and county governments, different technology – I think NASA was on there, but there were 74 people that worked really hard over the summer to put together recommendations to sort of come to some consensus of sanity around what The recommendations for remote ID should be. They submitted that to the FAA, and this final proposal deviates tremendously from those auric recommendations. Now I've got another clip I'm working on that goes through those arc recommendations and explains exactly how their common sense approach would be implemented, and I would suggest that if you leave your comments, number one be be nice, don't don't, curse in there, but be rational about It but be passionate about it, and I would suggest if you're gon na recommend anything at the FAA seriously look at what the arc recommendations were, because they think that's closer to what all of us would be comfortable with for this remote idea schema. The other thought I had was there are so many other ways to implement this. I don't know why you're gon na put the burden on the hobbyist to be the bad guy in the sky.
That we've got to track all the time. It would be very easy because there are technologies out today that could be implemented at the locations that need to be protected. That would identify drones that we're flying in the area. Just one of those is the product from DJI the Aero scope product that can identify a drone up to 17 miles away and know what the drone ideas and what the serial number is, and even where the pilot is standing. So there's a lot of technologies on the market today that could do this pretty easily without being so intrusive and burdensome and expensive for the flying public so I'm, hoping that they change their mind I'm gon na be commenting a lot. I think you can go back a couple of times and do it so definitely do that, but stay tuned to the channel, because I'll have other clips explaining other ways. You can have an impact on this and maybe explain it a little bit deeper on the different aspects that they're trying to change because, as you guys know, I love this hobby there's, nothing better for me than get up on a Saturday morning with a drone that's Fully charged go out and explore some beautiful area, the country I haven't seen before, and I want to continue to do that and this new ruling that they're putting together these regulations and what they're trying to change is going to dramatically affect my ability to do that.
And not feel that I'm constantly under a microscope, so hopefully you guys feel the same. If you have any questions of anything I've covered, please drop those in the comments below I'm. Sorry, if I ramble a little bit, I had a lot of editorial commentary in this. As well because it's hard for me to be an you know, impartial judge in this because I'm part of it right, I'm fly like you guys do, and I get frustrated when things like this get changed this dramatically in such a short period of time and I'm. On both sides of it, because I understand the need for remote ID, I just think this is way too intrusive, expensive burdensome, and I really feel like it's an overreach, because if you look at any other aspect of our lives and a good example, I'll use is You'Ve got a car. What if, tomorrow, the government decided that they wanted to put a try, aking device in your car, that when you left your house, they would keep a record of every place you drove and how long you spent there and it would be kept on some server someplace. For an indeterminate period of time that anybody could look at from law enforcement, there was no way any of us would put up with that. So why is it that way with drones? It makes no sense to me whatsoever so anyway, I'm rambling a little bit. Thank you so much for watching I'm.
Sorry how to bring the bad news to you, but I'm really fired up about this, and I hope you guys are as well so click the link below go to the website. Make sure you make your comments heard and again stay tuned to this channel I'll have a lot more content about this topic and a whole lot of their fun stuff I'd like to talk about around technology.