PORTLAND, Ore., December 27, 2019 — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the release of its much-anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Remote Identification (Remote ID) of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, or drones). 

The FAA identified three main goals of the rule: 

  1. Allow the FAA to better oversee the safety of the nation’s airspace
  2. Facilitate law enforcement identification of and response to threats posed by drones
  3. Provide a basis for the further integration of drones into the airspace

Once implemented, the rule will require most drones to send an identification signal — in most instances transmitted via internet connection and broadcast over unlicensed spectrum such as bluetooth — in order to operate legally within the United States. 

“Remote ID will drive commerce and promote innovation at the same time that it enhances safety,” said Mariah Scott, President of Skyward. “This is the first step toward Universal Traffic Management, which is essential for maximizing the potential of drones to be a source of economic growth for the country.”

About Remote Identification

By providing a means for public safety officials to identify the owner and/or operator of a drone, remote identification will provide the necessary security assurances to facilitate not only wide-scale deployment of drones, but also promote safe flight beyond the visual line of site (BVLOS) of the operator.  Wide-scale deployment and BVLOS will serve existing and future use cases including search and rescue operations, infrastructure inspection, disaster recovery, news gathering, package delivery, and more.

The FAA’s proposal smartly adopts a performance-based approach. This ensures that any remote identification system includes the capabilities essential for safe and secure remote identification, while providing industry the flexibility to update remote identification systems as technology evolves.

Skyward’s Response to the Proposed Remote ID Rule

Skyward, a Verizon company, is uniquely situated to bring the proposals set forth in the FAA’s Remote ID NPRM to fruition. Skyward’s aviation management platform, along with Verizon’s best-in-class cellular network, will offer drone operators a powerful, safe, and secure means of complying with the FAA’s Remote ID requirements.

A recognized leader in the drone industry, Skyward was the first FAA-approved LAANC provider, is an active partner with the FAA and NASA in Remote ID demonstrations through InterUSS, and is the only company to offer a wireless data plan certified for airborne uses, through its Airborne LTE Operations. Drone operators and law enforcement will benefit from the constant innovation and significant investment Verizon pours into its network, while being able to access remote identification applications through the same connected devices they already use in their work. Leveraging experience in the drone space along with Verizon’s network expertise, Skyward is well prepared to make Remote ID a reality.  

“We commend the FAA for the hard work and thoughtful consideration that went into this proposal, and thank Congress and the administration for their continued support of this work,” said Scott. “We look forward to continuing to work with the FAA on the rule, which will enhance safety and accountability, while continuing the United States’ long tradition of leadership and innovation in aviation technology.”