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.



  1. Beyond Intention on May 23, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    Big small-government fan here… Also sick of every genZer at the park buzzing around anonymous wireless surveillance devices. Everything you mentioned here is common sense for powerful new tech. Get a license, take responsibility, just like a Ham operator.

  2. cruzan mongoose on May 23, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    Looks like buying a drone will not be worth the headache in the future, I will stick to ground footage LOL

  3. George on May 23, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    I was flying my drone inside of controlled airspace after registering it.. I always called the local airport for the usual clearance. (I felt like a real pilot). Then came the shutdown of the airspace with a promise that they would re-open within 90 days. I am still waiting over a year later. So, I will fly my drone without the soon-to-be-required remote id. I will purchase one close to the "end times" just to have it for "the morning after" If my drone is still flyable, I will attach the RID.

    During the 60s and 70s, I flew model airplanes in a club in a park (formally a garbage dump) on the eastern side of the Whitestone bridge in the Bronx, NY and directly under the Laguardia Flight path. We never had an incident involving either the bridge, highway or the airplanes that flew over us.

    Thanks FAA for ruining my new hobby.

  4. bluzzjazz on May 23, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    There’s not enough FAA personnel to harass everyone flying a basic drone. I fly it my yard , on my PRIVATE property, they can kma.

  5. Ecos Last15 on May 23, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    I also heard a rumor that the FAA has a secret written statement that no matter how the drone industry Changes to make drones safer they will pass a new law so they can fine you more $$ because now they smell money. Is that a rumor?

  6. diex40 on May 23, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    But wouldn’t all these laws be void on your own property or on a property that you have permission to be on seeing how you legally own the air space above your property up to 10k feet?

  7. Todd Keidel on May 23, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    And I had just ordered a mini 2 from Costco. Thanks for the info

  8. Moose Bme on May 23, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    So… more "Big Brother" bureaucratic B.$.!
    THANKS for the heads-up!

  9. KaiTakApproach on May 23, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Nobody should be complaining. I certified as a private pilot before I ever picked up a drone, and I am honestly horrified at how lax the rules are for drones. Absolutely every drone should be equipped with ADS-B and continuously broadcast a unique registration number. Anything less is completely unacceptable as the training requirements for drone pilots are a joke. As for the stupid way the FAA rolls out and enforces laws…..welcome to the pilot club.

  10. Easton Von Schist on May 23, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    So basically do not buy a drone. It is not worth it.

  11. Tony Frenden on May 23, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Frankly… if you’re too lazy to get the part 107 certification, i 100% agree with the FAA on this one. The less crowded skies, the better, especially from hobbyists who have not apprised themselves of even the most basic safety guidelines. To James’s credit, he says he’s going to take the test. Great! And once you pass it, you will feel exactly the same as me. I mean… a drone could kill people. It could hit an aircraft, it could hit a car, it could land on someone’s head. Be thankful there is an oversight board attempting to regulate this.

  12. Ben W on May 23, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    I’m an Aussie and don’t give a fuck about the rules I’ll fly wherever apart from an airport.

  13. Qi Gong 4 Spiritual Warriors on May 23, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Dji Mini 2 it is !!

  14. Kyle Fpv on May 23, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    Just try and stop me flying!

  15. The Architect of House Music on May 23, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    Instead of guessing or spreading incorrect details, there’s a great way to get all the facts.

  16. Roger Pagillo on May 23, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Not only will the under .55 drones boost in sales, they’ll be in so much demand, price going to boom as well. Get yours now before the booming commences.

    Thanks for the heads up and kudos for the length of video with important details!

  17. Cody on May 23, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t consider sticking a Remote ID Module to my drone with double sided tape "significant modification". And he fails to mention that PhillyDroneLife was told to stop and he continued, thats why he was fined, because he didn’t listen to the FAA.

  18. Billy Allmon on May 23, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    Could it be that they are scared of us

  19. jeff law on May 23, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Some people just like to ruin fun dont they!

  20. Ecos Last15 on May 23, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    I heard a rumor that the president of the FAA ownes major Stock-holdings in China Shengzenz for a RC-Boatfactory in China and he wants you to buy RC-Boats now instead of drones.

  21. James Luna on May 23, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    Thank you for getting straight to the point with detail. Other YouTubers go on forever goth tons of filler.

  22. Terry cobb on May 23, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    So sell all your toys boys roflmao. It’s getting ridiculous. So we have to register with FAA even though the Mavic has the I.D. on it already. So that’s 2 I.D.’s then a 3rd once we become pro registered for business. What overkill, why not just send in our I.D. to FAA to be logged?

  23. Crypto Spirit on May 23, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Slaves will always stay slaves

  24. Salazar Jicoua on May 23, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    If I just fly my drone without all that, do the authorities have the ability to remote override my controls and take my drone or disable it in any way?

  25. Impala67 on May 23, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Gun owners- “First time?”

  26. legniak1 on May 23, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    I’m selling my drone because of all the hoops you have to jump through just to get some cool footage, ridiculous.

  27. Merciless Radio on May 23, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Yeah, the FAA under the Biden regime can be ignored. He is not the President and therefore the current Federal Gov is not an authority. Remote ID. Yep, big brother tech. Fuck em. Dont listen, dont obey.

  28. Peder Thygesen on May 24, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Hi James, did you ever get your Part 107 License?

  29. Bradley Vose on May 24, 2021 at 12:04 am

    Well this isn’t exactly accurate there are drones that have been on the market that allow the owner to transmit their remote ID. This ruling has been talked about for quite some time. This isnnt about making money the FAA is focused on your intent. Here is the important thing for everyone to know… if your intent while flying is anything other than recreation then you need a part 107. That clear duct.

  30. 王思聪是我哥 on May 24, 2021 at 12:05 am

    So that’s why the new Air 2S have air sense… fuck them, I don’t even got a job, fine me whatever you want, I don’t give a shit

  31. Robert Lyman on May 24, 2021 at 12:07 am

    May interfere with Amazons drone delivery

  32. n5iln on May 24, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Thanks a lot, Trappy.

  33. mountain goat on May 24, 2021 at 12:13 am

    This is why you don’t ever vote Democrat. Big Government = Big Overreach. Sure, there are Conservative’s that pass ridiculous legislation like magazine capacity. However Liberal ideaology is based on control. When you vote Blue, the restrictions become plentiful, whether they halp society or whether they burden society and do not benefit anyone. Just like fossil fuels, you should not ban gasoline until you have a viable alternative. Again, Libs want control, and if it has to be packaged as Environmentalism, then so be it.

  34. Greg Williams on May 24, 2021 at 12:13 am

    They have to catch you using it to charge you with a violation. good luck with that one.

  35. Billy Allmon on May 24, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Big brother has spoken

  36. John Batchler on May 24, 2021 at 12:15 am

    U know all this got started it was an drunken pilot who flew the drone into the white house that was one major incident but more incidents soon followed

  37. Allan Zepeda on May 24, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Let the government take control and somehow us drone users don’t speak up. We just let it happen without a flick of citizen speculation or attention. If we want change we need to do something about it.

  38. kai64 on May 24, 2021 at 12:16 am

    I don’t see anything about exclusion of drone less than 250 grams. My understanding is Remote ID applies too all drones, you can’t fly over people or at night unless you are permitted. Is that what this is about?

  39. Ecos Last15 on May 24, 2021 at 12:20 am

    I heard rumors that the FAA also wants to plant a little explosive device in your remote control so that when you fly in dangerous areas they blow up in your face is a creative punishment I don’t know what that’s a rumor with that’s true maybe you can help me.

  40. widow maker on May 24, 2021 at 12:20 am

    Thank you sir. God Bless

  41. Ecos Last15 on May 24, 2021 at 12:20 am

    I also heard a rumor that the FAA wants to make a law that you have to place a small explosive device underneath your crutch when you fly to blow off your balls which they can ignite explosive remotely if you fly into dangerous areas, is that a rumor ?

  42. John Siebs on May 24, 2021 at 12:21 am

    I’m confused why you don’t already have a License?

  43. Whiskey Delta on May 24, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Regulation without Representation is Tyranny..

  44. The Science Talkers on May 24, 2021 at 12:23 am

    These are good, sound regulations. There’s potential for huge and catastrophic accidents with drones. Drone operators must take responsibility, and play by the rules like the rest of us.

  45. MonkeyMan on May 24, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Amazon won’t have a problem though when they finish killing small business and fire all their drivers for drone deliveries.

  46. Ecos Last15 on May 24, 2021 at 12:23 am

    I also heard the rumor that the FAA is the biggest share holder of the drone industry of drones under 250 g and once everybody buys them they’re going to lower the weight to 220 g is that a rumor or is it true! Maybe you can help me.

  47. riverbankfisher on May 24, 2021 at 12:24 am

    By December 2021 prices of older drones will drop so low that homeless people will own drone collections.

  48. Jose Antonio Avila on May 24, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Dude deserved his fine. You are not supposed to fly over people.

  49. El Guapo on May 24, 2021 at 12:27 am

    When remote IDs go into effect, will the drone still be able to fly when you’re out in the middle of nowhere without a signal?

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