We’ve received many questions regarding FAA-Recognized Identification Area (FRIA) applications and wanted to bring you the latest information.
What is a FRIA? An FAA-Recognized Identification Area (FRIA) allows our members to fly their radio control model aircraft, as they always have, without the need for Remote ID broadcast equipment. While Remote ID does not go into effect until September 16, 2023, AMA has already started the process to apply for FRIA status for many club flying sites.
How will my club apply for a FRIA? The FAA only allows educational institutions and recognized Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) such as AMA to apply for FRIA status. As the leading and first recognized CBO—AMA was the first to start this process free of charge on behalf of our clubs. Beginning last year, AMA sent emails to all club officers regarding steps to begin the FRIA application process. Thank you to each club’s primary point of contact who started this process with AMA. To avoid delays in the process, clubs with radio control operations are only to submit one questionnaire to AMA. If you are unsure whether your club’s primary contact submitted a FRIA questionnaire to AMA, please contact your club officers.
What if I don’t fly at a club site or FRIA? The FAA intends that FRIAs are for flying sites, such as AMA flying fields, and not individuals. Members can comply with Remote ID when not flying at a FRIA by using a broadcast module or flying a Remote ID-equipped aircraft. Click here to read our Frequently Asked Questions concerning Remote ID.
We appreciate your patience during this lengthy process. We will continue to provide updates through our communication channels, including email, Model Aviation, AMA This Week, AMA Air, and through our district vice presidents.
Thank you for your support!