DJI is the first drone manufacturer to submit and earn approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for complying with the FAA's Remote Identification protocol. DJI is the world leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology and is recognized as one of the most innovative companies in both of these fields. The FAA has given its stamp of approval to the Declarations of Compliance for seven of DJI's newest and most popular drone models, one of which is the DJI Mini 3 Pro, which has been given the official designation of "RID000000001" in the United States.
The company states, "DJI always complies with the laws and regulations of the countries where we operate, and is ready to comply with the FAA’s Remote ID mandate as well. DJI customers can fly with confidence that they can comply with the FAA rule."
According to the information that was posted on the FAA website, DJI's initial approvals cover seven of the company's most recent and widely used drone platforms. These include the Mini 3 Pro, Avata, Air 2S, Mavic 3, Mavic 3 Cine, M30, and M30T.
Customers who already own these drones will be able to comply with Remote ID rules by downloading a free firmware update at a later date in order to bring their existing drones up to date. DJI is currently in the process of obtaining FAA approval for additional drone models, which, once approved, will be made available on the FAA website. On the regulatory label that is affixed to the drone, the notation "ASTM F3411-22a-RID-B" indicates a model that is equipped with Remote ID functionality.
The first deadline for Remote ID compliance set by the FAA is September 16, 2022. This deadline applies to newly manufactured drones that are required to be registered with the FAA. However, the FAA may delay the enforcement of this deadline until December 16, 2022.
Customers who already own DJI drones do not need to take any action right away because the FAA will not require existing drones to comply with Remote ID regulations until September 16, 2023. Before that date, DJI will make available firmware updates that will bring the majority of modern DJI drones into compliance. Customers are free to install those updates whenever it is convenient for them up until the 16th of September in 2023. By attaching a separate add-on module, DJI will be able to make older models of their drones compliant with the Remote ID standard.
The FAA's approvals for DJI's Remote ID come a month after the company made history by becoming the first drone manufacturer to be awarded a C1 EU-type examination certificate for drones in accordance with the recently enacted European Drone Regulation. Customers of DJI are now able to fly their drones in previously restricted environments thanks to the C1 certificate that was applied to the Mavic 3 series through a firmware update.
DJI added, "As the drone industry leader, DJI is committed to supporting safety and security measures that keep the airspace safe in the drone era, and to providing our customers convenient ways to comply with new regulations."