FAA Remote ID Update

From the horse’s mouth…

For Immediate Release
May 5, 2020
Contact: pressoffice@faa.gov

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced the eight companies that will assist the Federal government in establishing requirements for future suppliers of Remote Identification (Remote ID). Remote ID will enable Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly called drones, to provide identification and location information while operating in the nation’s airspace.

The FAA selected the following companies to develop technology requirements for future Remote ID UAS Service Suppliers (USS): Airbus, AirMap, Amazon, Intel, One Sky, Skyward, T-Mobile, and Wing. These companies were selected through a Request for Information process in December 2018.

“The FAA will be able to advance the safe integration of drones into our nation’s airspace from these technology companies’ knowledge and expertise on remote identification,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

This initial group will support the FAA in developing technology requirements for other companies to develop applications needed for Remote ID. The applications will provide drone identification and location information to safety and security authorities while in flight.

The technology is being developed simultaneously with the proposed Remote ID rule. Application requirements will be announced when the final rule is published. The FAA will then begin accepting applications for entities to become Remote ID suppliers. The FAA will provide updates when other entities can apply to become qualified Remote ID USS on FAA.gov.

Drones are a fast-growing segment of the transportation sector with nearly 1.5 million drones and 160,000 remote pilots now registered with the FAA. The agency’s ability to develop Remote ID technology simultaneously with the rule enables the FAA to continue to build on a UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system that has demonstrated global leadership through the small UAS rule and the implementation of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), which automates the application and approval process for most UAS operators to obtain airspace authorizations.

Yeah, we all got it. Nothing but bad news I think. Looks like taking comments was a only a diversion.

:thinking: I doubt that everyone on here got it… but that is part of the reason I didn’t post it on the Commercial forum. :wink:

I agree, this was simply a stall tactic and to see if there was anything that could be legally challenged. I despise economic politics. Same thing that is happening right now across the country. I understand people losing their jobs and businesses struggling, but opening the country up again right now when many areas are still seeing upwards trends in new cases and deaths seems a little premature and money-based.

Well, I meant any US based “everyone” I guess. :slightly_smiling_face:

I really do agree that short of any strong political leverage being applied, the FAA will slam this through regardless of it’s irrelevance to common sense, safety and accountability. Since Joe public is not that enamored with drones in general, I don’t see much push-back in the forecast.

As far as the other, again, I agree with you that taking shortcuts in “hopes” that everything will work out is really not a logical approach based upon what the experts tell us. Kinda depressing knowing the possible (likely?) consequences.

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I wonder how they are determining it? I put it out there moreso for people that may have not gotten identified or people that are just getting into commercial droning that may not have a license or a unit registered.

Probably anyone that has entered an email address into an FAA UAS related form.

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