The Alliance for Drone Innovation (ADI) is encouraging members and the drone community to share with friends and colleagues in the manned aviation community - and request their participation in - the recently published FAA Request for Information (RFI) entitled, "Low Altitude Manned Aviator Participation In UAS Remote Identification.” The FAA is seeking input from manned aviators to understand "how manned aircraft pilots can voluntarily participate in or otherwise benefit from UAS Remote Identification (Remote ID) information." The agency is also interested in learning how the manned aviation can potentially receive and use UAS remote ID information to further enhance safety, by reducing collision risks at lower altitudes.
The FAA notes that responses to this RFI will not be included in the official Remote ID docket which closed on March 2, 2020 (read ADI’s response to the Remote ID NPRM here). Instead, input received in response to this RFI will be used for informational purposes. Background, per the FAA:
One critical element of implementing Remote ID will be establishing a cooperative data exchange mechanism between the FAA and the Remote ID UAS Service Suppliers USS. The FAA is proposing to implement the remote identification requirements in a way that will allow the marketplace to grow in collaboration with the FAA. The FAA anticipates that USS roles and services will continue to expand and may include services that will provide value for the manned aviation community. The Remote ID NPRM does not specifically address the means by which low altitude manned aviators, such as aerial applicators and helicopter pilots (including public safety and medical transport), could participate in Remote ID, access data from the Remote ID USSs, or otherwise benefit from the Remote ID information being transmitted from UAS.
FAA set the comment deadline for Thursday, April 16 at 3:00 PM Eastern Time. The RFI is available here and instructions can be downloaded from here. Responses can be up to five (5) pages in length and must be submitted to the Contracting Officer, Kristin Frantz by email at Kristin.T.Frantz@faa.gov by the deadline.
Thank you for sharing this with the manned aviation community and encouraging their participation.