Hobby drone pilots will be required to register their drones. It is official.
The risks of drones colliding with aircrafts just got too high and the U.S. government is taking action now. As already reported over the weekend, hobby drone pilots will be required to register their drones. Today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta made this official.
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A task force will be formed to come up with the procedure and rules for drone registration. The task force is set to deliver the requirements which drones need to be registered and how the whole process should work by November 20.
“Registering unmanned aircraft will help build a culture of accountability and responsibility, especially with new users who have no experience operating in the U.S. aviation system,” Foxx said. “It will help protect public safety in the air and on the ground.”
The number of drone incidents reported to the FAA has doubled between 2014 and 2015. We have already predicted that drones will be require registration in the summer.
These reports signal a troubling trend,” Huerta said. “Registration will help make sure that operators know the rules and remain accountable to the public for flying their unmanned aircraft responsibly. When they don’t fly safely, they’ll know there will be consequences.”
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