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FAA FRIA Map: Compatibility with Remote ID

FAA FRIA Map: Compatibility with Remote ID

New Online Map Makes It Easier to Find FAA-Recognized Designation Areas

With summer just around the corner, drone enthusiasts are gearing up for more outdoor activities. As drone flying grows in popularity, it’s vital that pilots comply with FAA regulations, including the Remote ID rule, which requires all registered drones to broadcast their identity and location information during flight.

The FAA has released an updated map of FAA Recognized Identification Areas (FRIAs) to assist drone operators. FRIAs are specific locations where drones can be flown without Remote Identification equipment. This new tool simplifies the process of locating these areas, allowing pilots to easily find a nearby FRIA to comply with regulations.

Understanding Remote Identity Requirements

The Remote Identification Rule is part of the FAA’s effort to safely integrate drones into the National Airspace System (NAS). It requires all drones that require registration to broadcast their identity and location information. This capability helps the FAA, law enforcement, and other federal agencies locate drones operating in unsecured or restricted areas.

Ways to Comply with Remote Identity Rules:

  1. Fly Drone with Standard Remote ID: These drones come with built-in Remote ID broadcast capabilities that provide real-time identification and location information.
  2. Use Remote Identity Broadcast Module: For drones without built-in Remote ID, operators can install a broadcast module. This device sends the required information and must be listed in the drone registry.
  3. Fly with FRIA: UAVs without Remote Identification equipment may be flown in FAA-recognized identification areas.

For more information on Remote ID, visit the FAA Remote Identification of UAVs page.

What are FRIAs?

FRIAs are defined geographic areas where drones can operate without Remote ID. Both the drone and the pilot must remain within the FRIA boundaries during flight, and the drone must be in the pilot’s visual line of sight at all times.

Drones with standard Remote ID capability and drones equipped with the Remote ID broadcast module can also fly within FRIA, but they must still broadcast their Remote ID information.

To find a FRIA near you, follow the FAA’s new FRIA Location MapThis resource is part of the FAA’s UAV Data Distribution System and provides valuable data to drone pilots and stakeholders.

Who Can Apply to FRIA?

Only FAA-recognized Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and educational institutions such as elementary and secondary schools, vocational schools, colleges, and universities are eligible to apply for FRIA status. Applications are processed as follows: FAADroneZone website.

For additional details on FRIA applications, see: Advisory Circular 89-3 And 14 CFR Part 89.

Getting Ready to Fly

Before you take off, make sure your drone meets all FAA requirements. For more detailed guidance on registering drones, Remote ID compliance, and other safety tips, visit: FAA website.

The new FRIA map is an important step in making drone operation easier and safer for pilots. By following these guidelines, drone enthusiasts can enjoy their flights while still complying with FAA regulations.

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