At Skydio, our mission is to make the world more creative, productive, and safe. A key part of achieving that mission is doing everything in our power to help you use our systems with maximum ease and efficiency — including meeting the key regulatory requirements needed to keep you flying. It is our privilege to be the drone you trust to make your hobbies even better and your work even easier. We are committed to helping you fly in compliance with regulatory requirements as easily and seamlessly as possible.

On September 16, 2022, a new and substantial drone regulation that impacts both drone manufacturers and operators will take effect in the United States — the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Remote Identification requirement.

Skydio Drones produced on or after September 16, 2022

New Skydio drones produced on or after September 16th, 2022 will have Standard Remote ID built in. Skydio drones with Remote ID will be identified with a special label.

    • Per FAA requirements, built-in Remote ID cannot be disabled. End users cannot turn off their drone's Remote ID broadcast or alter any portion of the broadcast message.
    • Skydio will continue to ship existing inventory produced before the September 16, 2022 deadline. As a result, customers ordering a drone after that date may receive a drone that does not have Remote ID built in. A drone with Remote ID built in will be identified with a special label.

[note] Skydio X2D drones used by the U.S. Department of Defense or other federal agencies are exempted from this policy. [/note]

Skydio Drones produced before September 16, 2022

Skydio drones produced before September 16, 2022 are not impacted by this change and will not be required to broadcast a Remote ID until September 16, 2023. Skydio is working to determine the best path for Remote ID compliance and plan to enable compliance via a simple software update. Our customers are our top priority, and we are committed to helping every Skydio pilot comply with the law. In the coming months, we will share more details for customers with non-Remote ID-enabled drones.

Drone Repairs

If we repair or replace your Skydio 2+ or X2E drone on or after September 16, 2022, the drone you receive back will have Remote ID built in, regardless of the original drone’s manufacture date. 

    • Skydio 2 drones are no longer actively manufactured. If your Skydio 2 drone is repaired or replaced, it will not have Remote ID built in when it is returned to you. 
    • A drone with Remote ID built in will be identified with a special label.

[note] Skydio X2D drones used by the U.S. Department of Defense or other federal agencies are exempted from this policy. [/note]

To check your drone for Remote ID

Skydio drones with Remote ID built in will be identified with a special label located inside the battery tray of the drone.

 


 

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Skydio drones with Remote ID will also display their ANSI Serial Number in the Skydio app, Skydio Enterprise app, or Skydio Enterprise Controller.

Step 1 - Power on your Skydio drone

Step 2 - Select the INFO menu and your drone name

    • If there is an ANSI Serial Number listed, your drone has Remote ID

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The Skydio app will indicate when your drone is broadcasting its Remote ID information

    • Select the Signal icon
    • If you see Remote ID Broadcasting with a green indicator, your drone is broadcasting its Remote ID information

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FAQ

[accordion heading="What is Remote ID?"]

In 2021, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published the Remote ID Rule, laying the foundation for public safety and security for more complex drone operations. Remote ID requires drones operating in U.S. airspace to identify themselves by broadcasting information that will enable the authorities to identify commercial operators flying under Part 107, and recreational pilots who are not following the rules.

Drones requiring FAA registration and weighing more than 0.55 pounds must have a Remote ID digital license plate consisting of the drone’s serial number or a session ID specific to a particular pilot and flight. Drones will be required to broadcast that information, as well as the position of the drone and controller. The information will be broadcast locally; however, only authorized individuals from public safety organizations may request the identity of the drone's owner from the FAA.

Remote ID broadcast includes:

    • Launch location

    • Drone ID - your Skydio ANSI Serial number

    • Drone location and altitude

    • Drone velocity

    • Control station location and elevation

    • Time mark

    • Emergency status

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Skydio is meeting the FAA Remote ID rule via Standard Remote ID. Skydio drones produced on or after September 16, 2022 will have Remote ID built in.

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[accordion heading="What is a Session ID?"]

The FAA is currently developing a strategy to assign a Session ID to drone pilots and flights. Session IDs are not built into your Skydio drone. Visit FAA Remote ID for Pilots for more information. 

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[accordion heading="What is a Standard Remote ID Drone?"]

The Standard Remote ID broadcast capability is built into Skydio drones produced on or after September 16, 2022. Visit FAA Remote ID for Pilots for more information. 

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[accordion heading="What is a Remote ID broadcast module?"]

A broadcast module is a separate device that may be attached onto a drone that does not have Remote ID capability built in.

Broadcast modules are not required for Skydio drones:

    • Skydio drones produced on or after September 16, 2022 will have Remote ID built in.

    • If you or your organization purchased a Skydio 2, 2+, or X2E that was produced prior to September 16, 2022, we are working to determine the best path to Remote ID compliance before the September 2023 operator deadline and plan to enable compliance via a simple software update.

Visit FAA Remote ID for Pilots for more information.

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[accordion heading="What are FAA-Recognized Identification Areas (FRIAs)?"]

The FAA has determined a need for a dedicated space in which drones and radio-controlled model airplanes can fly without Remote ID. An FRIA is a defined geographic area; the unmanned aircraft and the person operating it must be within the FRIA's boundaries and maintain a visual line of sight throughout the flight. Visit FAA Remote ID for Pilots for more information. 

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[accordion heading="What do I need to do to comply with the Remote ID Rule?"]

  • Skydio drones purchased before September 16th, 2022 are not impacted by this change and will not be required to broadcast a Remote ID until September 16, 2023. If you or your organization purchased a Skydio 2, 2+, or X2E that was produced prior to September 16, 2022, we are working to determine the best path to Remote ID compliance before the September 2023 operator deadline and plan to enable compliance via a simple software update. Our customers are our top priority, and we are committed to helping every Skydio pilot comply with the law. In the coming months, we will share more details for customers with non-Remote ID-enabled drones on Skydio plans to help ensure they meet the operator compliance deadline before September 2023.

  • New Skydio drones produced after September 16th, 2022 will have Remote ID built in. Skydio drones with Remote ID will be identified with a special label.

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[accordion heading="How do I know if my drone has Remote ID enabled?"]

Skydio drones with Remote ID built in will be identified with a special label located inside the battery tray of the drone.

 


 

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Skydio drones with Remote ID will also display their ANSI Serial Number in the Skydio app, Skydio Enterprise app, or Skydio Enterprise Controller.

    • Power on your Skydio drone
    • Select the INFO menu and your drone name
    • If there is an ANSI Serial Number listed, your drone has Remote ID
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The Skydio app will indicate when your drone is broadcasting its Remote ID information

    • Select the Signal icon
    • If you see Remote ID Broadcasting with a green indicator, your drone is broadcasting its Remote ID information

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[accordion heading="Can I enable Remote ID on a Skydio drone I already own?"]

If you are a Skydio Enterprise customer and want to enable Remote ID for your drone, contact your account manager. Skydio is working to determine the best path to Remote ID compliance before the September 2023 operator deadline and plan to enable compliance via a simple software update. In the coming months, we will share more details for customers with non-Remote ID-enabled drones on Skydio plans to help ensure they meet the operator compliance deadline before September 2023.

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[accordion heading="Do I need to register my remote ID-enabled drone with the FAA?"]

Yes, to register your Skydio drone, visit The FAA Drone Zone

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[accordion heading="What information is broadcast?"]

As soon as your Skydio drone connects to the Skydio app, Skydio Enterprise app, Skydio Enterprise Controller, or Skydio Beacon you broadcast your Remote ID information continuously from launch until your drone is powered off.

    • Drone ID - Skydio ANSI Serial number

    • Drone location and altitude

    • Drone velocity

    • Control station location and elevation

    • Time mark

    • Emergency status

Remote ID will not broadcast personally identifiable information such as your name, address, or telephone number. Authorized individuals from public safety organizations may request the identity of the drone's owner from the FAA.

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[accordion heading="Do all Skydio drones have Remote ID?"]

    • Skydio 2+ and Skydio X2E drones produced after September 16, 2022 will have Remote ID built in.

    • Skydio 2+ and Skydio X2E produced before September 16, 2022 will not have Remote ID built in.

    • Skydio X2D drones used by the Department of Defense are exempt from the Remote ID rule. Federal agencies outside of the DoD can continue to purchase Skydio X2Ds. However, federal agencies other than the DoD, operating non-Remote-ID-enabled drones after September 16, 2023, in United States airspace can only remain compliant if the agency receives an exemption to the operating rules.

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[accordion heading="Can I disable Remote ID on my drone?"]

No, Remote ID cannot be disabled.

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