What to Expect About Drone Registration

By this year’s end, operators/owners will most likely have complied with the drone registration requirement, as the task force formed to lay out the gound rules for the registration system has already handed in their recommendations, and FAA is expected to issue rules before Christmas, reports say.

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A mandatory consumer drone registration system looks set to be in force in the U.S. before the end of the year after an industry task force delivered its proposals for the system on Saturday. The group, which included representatives from Google, Amazon and 23 other organizations that use and make drones, was asked a little less than a month ago to come up with the proposal. – Read more at:

Another report says that even small drones may be required to be registered. An aviation industry task force is recommending that operators be required to register drones weighing as little as a half a pound, a threshold that could include some remote-controlled toys, industry officials said. Federal Aviation Administration officials who convened the 25-member task force on drone registration have said they want to avoid requiring the registration of toys. But the consensus of the task force is that the weight threshold that triggers registration should be set at 250 grams or above, which is about a half-pound, said people familiar with its deliberations. – Read more at:

Requiring drones to be registered is the government’s response to the increasing incidence of drone near-collisions or unwanted flying over public or restricted areas. FAA hopes that through this requirement, drones and their operators can easily be tracked as well as encourage accountability.

The Consumer Technology Association estimates 700,000 drones will be sold in the U.S. this year, including 400,000 in the last quarter. People who already own drones weighing more than a half-pound would have to register them. The registration requirement would apply to drone operators rather than individual drones to avoid requiring those who own multiple drones to register more than once. The operator would receive a single registration number, which would then be affixed to the body of each drone. – Read more at:

Moreover, the process is expected to be easy as it will be done online, according to the recommendations.

Registration — designed to make it easier for authorities to track down the growing numbers of illegal flights — should be free, easy to complete online and permit multiple devices on an owner’s filing, the task force is proposing, according to three people familiar with its recommendations who weren’t authorized to speak about it. – Read more here:

Drones have transcended their use as a hobby toy or toy planes, as their applications cover various fields that include STEM education, search-and-rescue operation, agriculture. In real estate marketing and special events photography, drones are popular for providing great uav aerial photography services.


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