Skyward, A Verizon company, is pleased to announce that the FAA has selected us to participate in the initial cohort of companies that will assist the FAA in establishing requirements for future suppliers of Remote Identification (Remote ID) services as defined in the proposed Remote ID Rule

As proposed, the rule would require most drones to send a signal — in most instances transmitted via internet connection and broadcast over unlicensed spectrum such as bluetooth — in order to operate legally within the airspace of the United States.

The initial cohort also includes Airmap, Airbus, Amazon, Intel, One Sky Systems, T-Mobile, and Wing.

The FAA has 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 security threats posed by drones
  3. Provide a basis for the further integration of drones into the airspace

Skyward and the rest of the cohort will work to develop technology requirements for other companies to develop applications needed for Remote ID technology. Application requirements will be announced after the final rule is published. The FAA will then begin accepting applications for companies to become an FAA-qualified Remote ID UAS Service Supplier. It is anticipated that future suppliers of Remote ID will receive the Remote ID messages and transmit them to the FAA’s systems as a partnership between government and the drone industry.

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

Skyward has long advocated for Remote ID, which we view as a positive step forward for the entire drone industry that will unlock future capabilities. “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,” Mariah said. “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.”

This isn’t the first time that Skyward has developed technical solutions to regulatory challenges in partnership with the FAA. In October 2017, we became one of the first companies approved by the FAA to give users fast, automated access to controlled airspace through LAANC. Skyward is an active partner with the FAA and NASA for drone integration efforts and has participated in Remote ID demonstrations through InterUSS. Skyward is also the only company to offer a wireless data plan for airborne uses, through our Airborne LTE Operations.

Skyward is already laying the foundations for an FAA-compliant Remote ID solution with our Live Flight Tracking feature, available to Skyward users with paid subscriptions. As with LAANC, Skyward looks forward to working with the industry to open up the skies for today’s business applications and tomorrow’s networked fleet deployments.