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DJI Drones Without Built-In Remote ID: What You Need to Know

If you own a DJI drone or are planning to get one, there's an important update you need to be aware of. Beginning on September 16, 2023, The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will requires all drones to have Standard Remote ID (built-in), or a Remote ID broadcast module (retrofitted) to enhance safety and security in the airspace. Unfortunately, many popular DJI drone models will not have Standard Remote ID built in. But don't worry, we've got you covered!

What is Remote ID?

Remote ID (FAA CFR Part 89) is a system that allows identification and tracking of drones while they are flying. It enables authorities, law enforcement, and other drone operators to know important information about the drone in the sky, such as its location, altitude, and unique identification number. This real-time data exchange is crucial for ensuring safe drone operations, preventing unauthorized drone use, and addressing security concerns. Failure to comply with this new regulation will result in the pilot’s Part 107 license being revoked, and in turn the ability to fly your drone for compensation or hire being suspended.

DJI Drones Without Built-In Remote ID

As of now, the following DJI drone models do not have a built-in Remote ID feature:

Prosumer Models

  1. DJI Mavic Air - A compact and foldable drone perfect for capturing stunning aerial shots with its 4K camera and intelligent flight modes.

  2. DJI Mavic Air 2 - Packed with advanced features, this drone boasts a powerful 48MP camera, obstacle sensors, and impressive flight performance.

  3. DJI Mavic Pro - One of the pioneers of the foldable drone design, the Mavic Pro offers excellent portability and a 4K stabilized camera.

  4. DJI Mavic Pro Platinum - An upgraded version of the Mavic Pro with extended flight time and reduced noise for a more enjoyable flying experience.

  5. DJI Inspire 1 - A versatile drone with a 360-degree rotating camera, ideal for professional filmmaking and aerial photography.

  6. DJI Inspire 2 - A powerful drone designed for professional cinematography, featuring a CineCore 2.0 image processing system.

  7. DJI Phantom 1 (All Models) - One of the earliest Phantom drone models from DJI, known for its pioneering consumer drone technology.

  8. DJI Phantom 2 (All Models) - The successor to the Phantom 1, offering improved flight stability and camera capabilities.

  9. DJI Phantom 3 (All Models) - Introduced the Vision Positioning System, enhancing drone stability during indoor flights.

  10. DJI Phantom 4 (All Models) - Known for its advanced obstacle avoidance system and intelligent flight modes.

Enterprise Models

  1. DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise - Designed for industrial applications, the Mavic 2 Enterprise comes with accessories like a spotlight and speaker to aid in critical missions.

  2. DJI Mavic 2 Dual - Similar to the Mavic 2 Enterprise but equipped with a dual camera setup, featuring thermal imaging capabilities.

  3. DJI Mavic 2 Advanced - An upgraded version of the Mavic 2 Pro with enhanced features for professional users.

  4. DJI Matrice 200V1 - A rugged and versatile industrial drone built for inspections and data collection.

  5. DJI Matrice 210V1 - Similar to the Matrice 200V1 but equipped with dual cameras for increased flexibility.

  6. DJI Matrice 200V2 - An upgraded version of the Matrice 200 series with improved safety features.

  7. DJI Matrice 210V2 - An advanced industrial drone with dual camera support for various applications.

  8. DJI Matrice 600 - A heavy-lift drone designed for professional aerial cinematography and industrial tasks.

Possible DJI Firmware Updates in Late Q4 2023

* Please note that the drones in this list will be grounded until DJI releases a firmware update, or a Remote ID Broadcast Module is installed.

  1. DJI Mavic 2 Pro - A professional-grade drone featuring a Hasselblad camera and a 1-inch CMOS sensor for outstanding aerial photography.

  2. DJI Mavic 2 Zoom - Equipped with a 2x optical zoom camera, this drone allows for creative aerial shots from a distance.

  3. DJI Phantom 4V2 - An upgraded version of the Phantom 4 with improved motors and propellers.

If you own any of these DJI Prosumer or Enterprise drone models, you will need to install a Remote ID broadcast module to ensure compliance with the latest FAA regulations.

How Zing Drones Can Help

At Zing Drones, we understand the importance of staying compliant with aviation regulations. That's why we offer Remote ID broadcast modules specifically designed for DJI drones without built-in Remote ID. Our modules are easy to install, reliable, and seamlessly integrate with your DJI drone.

Common Questions about Remote ID

  1. Why is Remote ID necessary? Remote ID is crucial for enhancing safety and security in the airspace. It allows authorities to identify and track drones in real-time, ensuring responsible drone operations and preventing unauthorized or malicious drone activities.

  2. Is Remote ID required for recreational drone flying? As of the latest FAA regulations, Remote ID is required for commercial, public safety, and recreational drone operations.

  3. Can I fly my DJI drone without a Remote ID broadcast module? If your DJI drone is among the non-compliant models listed above, you cannot fly it in areas where Remote ID is required without a broadcast module. Failing to comply with the regulations may result in revocation of your license.

  4. Are there any alternatives to a Remote ID broadcast module? Installing a Remote ID Broadcast Module is the only way to make your non-compliant DJI drone meet the Remote ID requirements.

Stay Compliant and Fly with Confidence

As drone enthusiasts, it's our responsibility to follow the rules and regulations set by aviation authorities. By installing a Remote ID broadcast module from Zing Drones, you can ensure that your DJI drone meets the required standards and fly with confidence, knowing you are contributing to the safety of the airspace.

Stay safe, stay compliant, and happy flying!

Reserve your Zing Remote ID Broadcast Module here to make your DJI drone compliant and ready for the skies!

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