Leave a comment

Drone regulation: What you need to know now

Drone regulation: What you need to know now
PHOTO COURTESY OF SHUTTERSTOCK

A few months ago, the Federal Aviation Administration announced its plan to require drone owners to register their crafts before flying. This came in response to a series of incidents of drones crashing around people, taking out power lines, nearly colliding with airplanes and interfering with emergency personnel. In many of these cases, law enforcement couldn't track down the owners.

With the news that retailers expect to sell 1 million drones this Christmas alone, the FAA also said it wanted the system in place by Christmas. Given the usual pace of the government in such matters, there were plenty of skeptics it could be done. Drone owners, manufacturers and retailers were also worried that a registration process would stifle drone use. So the FAA set up a task force to come up with suggestions that would work for everyone.

The Unmanned Aircraft System Registration Task Force Aviation Rulemaking Committee is made up of 25 organizations. That includes drone manufacturers like DJI, GoPro and Parrot; research groups like GoogleX; flight organizations like the Air Line Pilots Association and the Helicopter Association International; law enforcement groups like the International Association of Chiefs of Police; and retails like Amazon Prime Air, Best Buy and Wal-Mart.

After a few days of deliberation, it came up with some basic rules it would like to see the FAA adopt. While the FAA doesn't have to use any of these, hopefully it will use the majority of them. So, what recommendations did the task force have?

Next page: What might registering a drone look like?
Huge Amazon sale on routers
Previous Happening Now

Huge Amazon sale on routers

Don't take that viral Facebook quiz
Next Happening Now

Don't take that viral Facebook quiz

View Comments ()