The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released an updated FAA-Recognized Identification Area (FRIA) map and information for drone pilots. A FRIA is a designated geographic area where drones can be flown without the need for Remote ID equipment.

Remote ID is the capability of a drone in flight to broadcast identification and location information that can be received by other parties. It aims to establish the essential groundwork for enhancing safety and security in advanced drone operations. Remote ID serves as a valuable tool for airspace regulatory agencies, law enforcement, and other federal agencies by enabling them to identify the control station when a drone is operating unsafely or in restricted airspace.

According to the final rule, the drone and its pilot must remain within the FRIA’s boundaries for the entire operation. Additionally, the pilot must always maintain a visual line of sight with the drone during the flight. Standard Remote ID drones and drones equipped with a Remote ID broadcast module are also allowed to fly in an FRIA, but they must still broadcast Remote ID information.

The FAA publishes the locations of approved FRIAs on its UAS Data Delivery System, a web service that provides data to drone pilots and stakeholders.

Post Image- FAA FRIA Map Close-up- Bozeman, Montana