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Episode 70: Remote ID, Operations over People, and Night Flight with Vic Moss

Vic Moss is the owner of Moss Photography, he’s a member of the DAC, the FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee, and the COO/Vice President at the Drone Service Providers Alliance.

The DSPA aims to represent small and medium-sized drone service providers’ interests before the FAA, industry standards groups, and to educate governments about the perspective of drone service providers.

We brought Vic on today to get his perspective on remote ID, Operations over People, and flying at night, all of which the drone industry gained additional clarity on at the end of last year.

One of the biggest rulings last year was obviously remote ID, which happened at the end of 2020.

One of the biggest rulings last year was remote ID, which happened at the end of 2020.

About Remote ID:

  • All drones over 0.55 lbs and under 55 lbs need to comply with the new standards, with some exceptions for homebuilt aircraft, government aircraft, select research unmanned aircraft, and select other exceptions.
  • The FAA is moving forward with a broadcast-based solution (as opposed to a network-based solution) meaning the drones are in charge of broadcasting their flight data, which includes:
    • Unique identifier
    • Latitude, longitude, altitude, and velocity
    • Control station latitude, longitude and geometric altitude
    • Timestamp
    • An emergency status indication
  • The ruling goes into effect 60 days after the expected publication date in the Federal Register in January 2021. Operators then have thirty months and manufacturers have 18 months to comply