The final rule was released last week, and the removal of the network requirements for Remote ID received both praise and criticism. Jonathan Hegranes, thought leader in the drone industry and CEO of Kittyhawk, has written a thoughtful response to the new rule.
Kittyhawk has also published a Remote ID whitepaper that provides a “deep dive” into the options.
While the originally published Notice of Proposed Rule Creation (NPRM) on Remote ID would have included both broadcast and network methods of providing location information, the final rule eliminated the network requirement for remote ID.
The FAA now offers three ways to operate under the rules for remote ID. See the image below or refer to the FAA website here for an overview.
Hegranes writes that while the remote ID rule provides a foundation for drone integration, the drone industry must continue to innovate in terms of compliance means.
“While it was previously stated that two methods of sharing identity and location information were accepted, broadcast and network, the final rules eliminated the network option,” Hegranes writes. “A“ cohort ”of companies in the drone industry (which Kittyhawk was not a part of) informed the FAA about how network- or internet-based RID would and should work. “The cohort identified several challenges in implementing the network requirements,” wrote the FAA. Essentially to say it was too hard. “
However, Hegranes notes that removing network requirements from the Remote ID rule does not necessarily limit the industry.
In their final rule, the FAA states, “The final rule sets minimum performance requirements that describe the desired outcomes, goals, and outcomes for remote identification without specifying a specific means or process.” They later state that everyone has a means can create compliance. What some consider a strict set of rules, we see as a license to innovate and create benefits for our corporate customers and recreational pilots.
According to Hegranes, Kittyhawk’s experience with the crowdsourcing capabilities they introduced as part of the B4UFly app shows that drone pilots are used to using simple web-based tools to communicate with fellow pilots and with authorities – this is at the heart of the Regulation.