Feds to require drone registration
Oct 20, 2015 12:02 am
Craig Whitlock is reporting in the Washington Post federal regulators said Mon., Oct. 19, they now plan to require recreational drone users to register their aircraft with the government. The action is being taken in an attempt to restore order to the skies, which have been invaded by rogue flying robots of late. The basic details of the registration system have to be sorted out, but officials concluded swift action was needed to cope with a surge in sales of inexpensive, simple-to-fly drones that are increasingly interfering with regular air traffic. Pilots of passenger planes and other aircraft are reporting more than 100 sightings or close calls with rogue drones a month. Regulators hope that forcing owners to register their drones with the government will make them think twice about their responsibility to fly safely and the possibility that they could be held accountable for an accident. The Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Department are setting up a task force composed of government officials and industry representatives to devise the new registration system. In addition to snarling air traffic, nuisance drones across the country have interfered with firefighters, flown into tall buildings and crashed into bystanders on the ground. Drones have have also been used to smuggle contraband into prisons. The FAA has the power to impose civil fines on anyone who recklessly interferes with air traffic or endangers people on the ground. Read the full story in the Washington Post.