Registration Required of Drone Owners

Now here is the government’s response to the unabating incidence of drone interference in airspace, many of which are caused by inexperienced and reckless drone flyers.

A report by the New York Daily News says: Most users will have to register their drones with the federal government, officials said Monday, in a move designed to curtail the growing number of close calls caused by the popular unmanned aircraft. The proposed rules come after drones have caused major security scares at several government buildings, including the White House, and disrupted play at the US Open Tennis Championships. – Read more at:

Because drones are getting cheaper, more accessible, most anyone now can easily own one. The problem is there seems to be no way to stop hobby drones from trespassing into airspace reserved for manned aircraft, or even tracking down erring drone owners.

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Officials said they needed to act “to cope with a surge in sales of inexpensive, simple-to-fly drones that are increasingly interfering with regular air traffic,” The Washington Post reported. “The signal we’re sending today is that when you’re in the national airspace, it’s a very serious matter,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. – Read more at:

Way back in August, officials were already reported to be considering such action, as well as asking drone manufacturers to further their efforts in educating their buyers. “We’ve assembled an internal team to spend a lot of time and energy looking at our authority to figure out, you know, what is the most aggressive way that we can deal with this issue,” said Foxx. […] Foxx expects drone manufacturers will step up their education efforts and says the agency is looking at geofencing as a possible remedy manufacturers could build into their devices. Geofencing would be software limiting how high a drone could fly and how close it could get to restricted airspace, including airports. – Read more here:

One of the most popular uses of drones, either recreational or commercial, is for aerial photography services.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) already requires registration numbers on commercial drones and it has approved 1,891 special permits through Oct. 15 for a variety of uses, such as aerial photography, pipeline inspections and agricultural monitoring. But until now, the FAA has not required hobbyists to register, although hundreds of thousands of remote-controlled aircraft have already been sold. – Read more at:

 

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