Remote Identification, ADS-B for Drones? What’s ahead?

Did you know? We’re supposed to not only have registration but remote identification for drones by this July? Who knew?

There’s a law on the books right now that says we need to develop “requirements for remote identification of aircraft systems” by July 15, 2017.  It’s Public Law 114-190 – also known as H.R. 636 – FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016.  Yes, that one.  The FAA extension that got passed in a hurry last summer amidst all the flurry of discussion regarding FAA privatization.  This little gem was snuck in.  See the article here

But what about ADS-B? I’ve been singing that song on this blog for a very long time, but it seemed a lot like singing in the shower. I even tried to introduce the folks at uAvionx to the folks operating the FAA UAS Test center at the University of New Mexico but I never heard if it went anywhere. I’ve also long been a fan of the  at Sagetech  and Reyes Sanchez, but it started to look like uAvionix was on the right track. Well, there’s news on that front as well…  uAvionix has a full line of ADS-B for drones, but sadly, as yet the FAA is not on board. See the article here

UPDATE: More from the Aviation Electronics Show in New Orleans

Here’s more on that topic: See the article here  – I have one, I just don’t have anything it will work with.

It’s about time there was some research on the subject — See the article here

At the risk of sounding like a commercial for uAvionix, here’s more –

uAvionix Corporation, the leader in unmanned ADS-B technology and Dronecode, the nonprofit organization developing a common, shared open source platform for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), today announced a plan to collaborate on advanced development in ADS-B ‘sense and avoid’ functionality in ArduPilot-based drones.  See the article here

All we need is one of the Big Players to get on the ADS-B bandwagon, right? Somebody like DJI?

“DJI and uAvionix share a passion for safety and are motivated by the improvement that real-time air traffic information will provide to our developers using our software development kit,” said DJI VP of Engineering, Darren Liccardo. “DJI developers will now be able to process ADS-B data and close the loop all within an embedded computer onboard the vehicle.” See the article here

There’s a lot going on, but whether it will all come together any time soon is anyone’s guess. I, for one, would like to see it happen sooner rather than later.