A Drone of Your Own for Christmas? The FAA Wants to Know You
The agency announced it plans to create a registry of all drone pilots
Drones are already filling the skies, which could get even more crowded starting December 26. As many as 1 million people could receive drones as gifts this holiday season, according to one aviation reporter citing a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) official.
The Consumer Technology Association, a trade group, puts the number at around 400,000.
Now the FAA wants to know who’s flying all those unmanned devices, which can wreak havoc if used irresponsibly.
This week the agency released a report from a task force with recommendations for registering drones weighing more than 250 grams (0.55 pounds) and less than 55 pounds.
According to the report, although the FAA doesn’t enforce currently regulation rules, “the rapid proliferation of these aircraft in the national airspace has caused the FAA to reevaluate this policy in the interests of public safety and the safety of the National Airspace System (NAS).” One stated reason for registration: “to promote a culture of accountability.”
In other words, you’d think twice before doing stupid things with your drone because the FAA would know who you are and where you live.
If the task force’s recommendations are turned into rules, you’d fill out an electronic registration form online or via an app. You’d immediately receive an electronic certificate of registration and a personal universal registration number for use on all the drones you own (apparently one drone is not enough for some). Then you’d mark your drone with the registration number before you fly it.
According to the New York Times, the FAA is expected to approve most of the recommendations in the next month.
In case you’re thinking about getting your kid a drone for Christmas or Hanukkah, people will need to be at least 13 to register.
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