AirData Adds Remote ID Management

by Tom Ni • August 31, 2023

The FAA’s new requirements for Remote ID on unmanned aircraft go into effect on September 16, 2023. To prepare for this regulatory change, users of AirData’s Gold, Pro, and Enterprise plans are now able to manage Remote ID information for their aircraft using AirData’s equipment management features. Users of the Pro and Enterprise plans will be able to generate flight reports that include Remote ID information.

Essentially, Remote ID capability allows a drone to broadcast identification and location information, and is part of the FAA’s plan to integrate unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System.

Remote ID info is located in the equipment profiles under Equipment -> Drones.

For many aircraft, their Remote ID is the same as their Internal Serial Number.

If you have an aircraft that was not manufactured with Remote ID capabilities, you can make your aircraft compliant by adding a Remote ID broadcasting module.

AirData Pro and Enterprise users will now be able to add the Remote ID field to any Standard Flight Reports they create.

Enterprise users also have the ability to add the Remote ID field to Equipment Reports.

We will continue adding to this feature-set as the FAA continues to update its requirements for Remote ID and drone management.


Which aircraft currently have built-in Remote ID capabilities?

The FAA requires manufacturers to submit a Declaration of Compliance for aircraft models that have built-in Remote ID capabilities.

You can view the list of aircraft with Declarations of Compliance at the link below. You can search for your aircraft using its Remote ID serial number.

Find your aircraft Declaration of Compliance:

FAA Remote ID Standard Infographic:

What can I do if my aircraft does not have Remote ID capabilities?

Some manufacturers are releasing firmware updates to their older aircraft models that will enable Remote ID broadcasting for those aircraft.

If your aircraft will not have Remote ID capabilities by September 16, 2023, you may need to purchase a separate Remote ID module. A Remote ID module is “a device that broadcasts identification and location information of the drone and take-off location in accordance with the Remote ID rule”. These devices can be attached to your aircraft and will satisfy the FAA’s Remote ID requirements.

FAA Remote ID Toolkit:

FAA Remote ID Broadcast Module Infographic:

Which aircraft and pilots are exempt from Remote ID requirements?

There are some exemptions from Remote ID requirements.

  1. Remote ID is a requirement for unmanned aircraft that require registration with the FAA. Any aircraft that do not require registration are exempt. This typically applies to aircraft under 0.55 lb/250 g in weight.
    FAA Page on How to Register Your Drone:
  2. Pilots flying in FAA-Recognized Identification Areas (FRIAs) will not be required to have Remote ID capabilities. These are specially designated areas for unmanned aircraft flying and are typically associated with educational institutions or community organizations.
    FAA Page on FAA-Recognized Identification Areas (FRIAs):

What is the FAA’s Part 89?

The FAA’s Part 89 is a document that outlines regulations for the “Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft”. This is found under the FAA’s Title 14 - Chapter I - Subchapter F.

Title 14 Aeronautics and Space - Chapter I - Subchapter F:

Part 89—Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft:

Means of Compliance Process for Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft:

Does my aircraft manufacturer offer native Remote ID support?

Most major drone manufacturers marketing their products in the US have already announced or implemented changes for Remote ID support. Below are announcements and articles from some major brands.





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