Rewind more than a century ago when the radio frequency spectrum was literally a wild wild west until the “coming of the law”. The impetus for passage of the Radio Act of 1912 was the sinking of the passenger ship Titanic off the coast of Greenland and subsequent rumors that amateur radio interference hindered relays of the distress call.

The 1912 act provided for the licensing of radio operators, a separate frequency for distress calls, absolute priority for distress calls, and 24-hour radio service for ships at sea.

Fast-forward to this present day and “the coming of the law” has hit the hobby drone space in an eerily similar fashion for much the same reason:

Understanding the New FAA Rule on Remote Identification

On December 28, 2020, the FAA released 800 pages of new drone regulations spread across two rules. The rules were officially published on January 15, 2021. The first rule requires drones to remotely identify themselves (beginning in September 2023); the second enables operations at night and, in more limited cases, over people (beginning later this year).