New FAA Advisory Circular on the process for applying for a FRIA

Today, the U.S. 's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gave instructions on how to set up a community-based group that the FAA will recognize for recreational drone flying, so-called FRIA.

Recreational drone flyers are required by federal law to adhere to the safety criteria established by a community-based group that the FAA recognizes.

It is needed that the organization produces its own safety rules in collaboration with the FAA, and an application may desire to customize these to a specific kind of unmanned aircraft. The organization is expected to develop its own safety guidelines.

In its advice document, Advisory Circular 91-57C, the FAA offers applicants a full list of suggested safety principles that they may consider in their application.

Through the website known as DroneZone, organizations that adhere to the criteria of a community-based organization can submit an application to the FAA for approval.

The amended advice now includes information on how to apply for recreational flying fixed sites and criteria for educational usage and holding sponsored events.

These areas are so-called FRIAs which stand for FAA-Recognized Identification Areas, where you are allowed to fly without Remote ID unless your drone comes equipped with it.

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What is a FRIA?

Here's the definition from the FAA:

A FRIA is a defined geographic area where drones can be flown without equipment. Both the drone and the pilot must be located within the FRIA's boundaries throughout the operation. In addition, the pilot of the drone must be able to see it at all times throughout the duration of the flight.

Note: It is not allowed to deactivate or turn off a drone equipped with Standard Remote ID while in the air inside a FRIA.

You can find FAA-approved FRIA locations here.


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Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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