US FAA seeks input from manned aviation on ways to access UAS remote ID information

As part of the introduction of remote ID for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a request for information (RFI) from the manned aviation community regarding whether and/or how they can potentially receive and use UAS remote ID information to further enhance safety, by reducing collision risks at lower altitudes.

As a result of this RFI, the FAA will collect information for how manned aircraft pilots can voluntarily participate in or otherwise benefit from UAS Remote Identification information. The FAA aims to learn how manned aircraft can receive and use the network or broadcast UAS Remote Identification information; and to engage low altitude manned aviators and other parties who are interested in exploring how UAS Remote ID can improve safety and reduce collision risk between UAS and manned aircraft at low altitudes.

The scope of work includes research, development, prototyping, experimenting, testing, etc., of technology solutions to enable manned aircraft to receive or share UAS Remote ID information. It also includes examples of capabilities for information sharing and data quality considerations.

Topics and questions include the following:

  • Describe your role in any recent aviation standards, policy, or demonstration activities within the commercial or government arena.
  • In consideration of the requirements of the NPRM (for standard and limited Remote ID UAS), describe your concept for how low level manned aircraft can receive or use UAS Remote ID information to increase safety, relative (but not limited) to the following: a. minimize risk of collisions b. verify UAS sightings c. for Helicopter Air Ambulance (HAA), verify that airspace is clear enroute and at possible landing zones d. for aerial applicators, verify that agriculture fields are clear of UAS activity e. verify that airfields are clear of UAS activity.
  • Describe your approach to the challenge of gaining widespread voluntary participation by manned aircraft.
  • How can government and industry work together with respect to the low altitude manned aviator needs associated with Remote ID?
  • What additional technical standards, procedures, avionics or other capabilities are needed to facilitate manned aircraft voluntary participation with Remote ID information?
  • From a performance perspective, what are the UAS Remote ID participation pros and cons?
  • From a scalability perspective, what are the UAS Remote ID participation pros and cons?
  • How might Remote ID data be integrated with ADS-B and other surveillance sources for greater air traffic awareness?
  • How could Remote ID be used by low level manned aircraft to support public safety, law enforcement, and security related air operations?
  • What, if any, costs or cost savings do you foresee for the concept you describe?

Responses received will be reviewed by the FAA and may warrant one-on-one follow-up discussions.

Notice ID: 33333

Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transport

697DCK Regional Acquisitions SVCS Office

Date published: 17 March 2020

Response date: 16 April 2020

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