Analysis puts remote ID for drones costs 9X higher than FAA estimate: DJI urges FAA to reconsider

March 5, 2020
DJI is urging the FAA to take the comments into consideration and reconsider the rule, writes Miriam McNabb for

WASHINGTON - The comment period for the Remote ID for Drones NPRM closed yesterday. There were more than 50,000 comments posted on the NPRM, including and 89 page comment by the world’s leading drone manufacturer, DJI. While DJI has been active in developing and implementing technology that could simplify Remote ID for users, the company fears that the rule’s requirements place an unreasonable burden on all stakeholders, from manufacturers to individual pilots to industrial clients, who will end up shouldering the costs of a burdensome solution, writes Miriam McNabb for DroneLife.comContinue reading original article.

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

March 5, 2020 -“We have known for years that Remote ID will be required by governments worldwide and will provide members of the public with confidence in productive drone uses, but the FAA’s deeply flawed proposal poses a real threat to how American businesses, governments, educators, photographers and enthusiasts can use drones,” said DJI Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs Brendan Schulman. “We hope our detailed economic analysis and comments, as well as tens of thousands of comments from other concerned parties, will encourage the FAA to develop a more risk-based, balanced and efficient Remote ID rule, so our customers and the entire industry are not hurt by the final outcome.”

More than 50,000 comments were submitted to the FAA regarding remote identification for unmanned aerial systems before the comment period closed earlier this month. Last year, the agency proposed that all but the smallest drones should be broadcasting their information to receivers, while DJI prefers a low cost "drone-to-phone" solution.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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