What the rule means for your Skydio drone – sUAS News – The Business of Drones


Sean Nordstrom

Skydio has the best customers in the world. We continually marvel at how you use your drones to capture incredible images, accomplish critical tasks, and push the boundaries of what’s possible.

At Skydio, our mission is to make the world more creative, productive and safe. A crucial part of achieving this mission is doing everything in our power to help you use our systems with maximum ease and efficiency, including meeting key regulatory requirements necessary to keep you going. to fly.

On September 16, 2022, an important new drone regulation that affects both drone manufacturers and operators will come into effect in the United States – the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Remote ID Requirement. Today we want to share how Skydio meets these requirements and outline what our customers can expect to see in the weeks and months to come. In short, we are here for you.

What is FAA Remote ID?

In 2021, the FAA released its Remote ID Rule, requiring nearly all drones operating in US airspace to remotely identify themselves. Like your car’s license plate, this “digital license plate” is designed to provide a higher level of safety for drones in flight, encouraging pilots to follow the rules and allowing authorities to identify operators who don’t.

According to the remote identification rule, each drone must broadcast certain information about the drone and its operation. These include a digital license plate including the serial number of the drone, its position, its emergency state, its speed, the position of the controller and a timestamp. The rule applies to virtually all drones. Exceptions exist only for the U.S. Department of Defense or other federal agencies, flights within an FAA Recognized Identification Area (FRIA), or drones that weigh 0.55 pounds or less and are used exclusively for recreational purposes.

When does remote identification take effect?

In rolling out the Remote ID Rule, the FAA is taking a phased approach with two critical deadlines.

Drone manufacturers

Any drone produced by a manufacturer like Skydio on or after September 16, 2022 must be Remote ID compliant. This means that with the exception of exempt Skydio X2D drones used by the Department of Defense and other federal agencies, all Skydio drones produced on or after September 16, 2022 will be built with Remote ID, as required by regulations. .

Drone operators

Operators must begin using Remote ID compliant drones by September 16, 2023, unless they are flying in an FAA Recognized Identification Area (FRIA). FAA-recognized identification areas are places, such as flying clubs, where an unmanned aircraft can operate without remote identification technology. After September 16, 2023, if you are using a drone without remote ID technology, then flying in the FRIA, or qualifying for one of the few exceptions, is the only way to stay compliant.

What is the impact of remote identification on you?

Skydio drones used by the Ministry of Defense

Skydio X2D drones used by the Ministry of Defense are exempt from the remote identification rule. Federal agencies outside the DoD can continue to purchase Skydio X2Ds. However, federal agencies operating drones not compatible with Remote ID after September 16, 2023 in United States airspace can only remain compliant with the Remote ID rule if the agency receives an exemption. operating rules.

Skydio drones produced on or after September 16, 2022

New Skydio drones produced after September 16, 2022 will have built-in remote ID, with the exception of Skydio X2D drones used by the US Department of Defense or other federal agencies. A drone with integrated Remote ID will be clearly identified as such with a special label. Per FAA requirements, the embedded Remote ID cannot be disabled and end users do not have the ability to disable their drone’s Remote ID broadcast or change any part of the broadcast message.

Skydio drones produced before September 16, 2022

As a pilot, a drone you previously produced and purchased is not required to broadcast a remote identification signal until September 16, 2023. If you purchased a Skydio drone produced before September 16, 2022, you are not affected by this change, and your drone Won’t do broadcast credentials remotely. However, if we repair or replace your Skydio 2+ or X2E drone on or after September 16, 2022, the drone you receive back will have built-in Remote ID, regardless of its original manufacturing date.

Skydio X2E

If you or your organization purchased a Skydio 2, 2+ or X2E that was produced before September 16, 2022, we are working to determine the best path to Remote ID compliance before the operator deadline of September 2023 and plan to enable compliance via a simple software update. Our customers are our top priority and we are committed to helping every Skydio pilot understand what is needed to comply with regulations. In the coming months, we’ll be sharing more details for customers with drones not compatible with Remote ID on Skydio’s plans to help them meet the operator compliance deadline before September 2023.

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