Message concerning FAA remote ID requirements at the Ranch.
as of 8/30/2023
This is an update on recent FAA actions and FRIA status. I’m sending it to all club members, so everyone has the data.
Ed Brumfield and I compiled all the information for our application and Ed filed for FRIA status for our field through Flite Test as the sponsoring CBO. The FAA has started releasing approval information and status for FRIA applications. This week, we learned that we were denied our FRIA status. As best we can tell, because we are on private property and a private club. It seems that many clubs in our situation have also been denied. Both Casa Grande RC Club and our friends at AZ City Flyers have been approved.
There is a lot of noise from our local antagonist. As I’ve said before, please ignore him. Most importantly, our field is not in jeopardy. We can still fly there in accordance with FAA guidelines with a remote ID module installed. This will be effective September 16th , 2023. There are several modules that have been approved by the FAA and will be available before the deadline. Both Horizon Hobbies (a Spectrum module) and Flite Test are in the mix as well as others. Horizon Hobbies is taking pre-orders now for the Spektrum SkyID Remote Module SPMA 9500 (cost is $99.99 with a $30 discount for pre-orders). I talked to Flite Test today and they are gearing up for orders soon for their remote ID broadcast module called the Flite Test EZ ID (cost is $109.99). As with any major change requiring new hardware, I’m sure there will be some supply chain hick-ups along the way. Both modules are small and can be easily moved from one plane to another.
Additional ID module information:
Horizon Hobby: Spektrum SkyID Remote ID Module | Horizon Hobby
Flite Test: Press Release: Flite Test EZ Remote Identification | Flite Test, Flite Test
As much as I hate to say it, we were denied our FRIA status at Robson Ranch. Again, our airfield is not in jeopardy. However, this does mean that you MUST have a remote ID module installed in the aircraft as of September 16th, 2023 at Robson Ranch. Modules will be available from Spectrum (Horizon Hobbies) and from Flight Test. If you wish to fly without a module, I highly recommend joining the club at Arizona City (the AZ City Flyers). Please contact Lon Lyford directly at 520-705-0235 for membership details.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me directly.