A task force men last week to plan what they are going to do with recreational drones that have been working their way onto the market at more affordable rates. Their goal was to make a registration process, but wanted it to be simple and free. It took three days of meetings, but they finally came to an agreement: for drones weighing more than 250 grams (9 ounces), they will have to be registered. Most toys won't need to be registered.
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Registration will be simple and easy through a government sanction website that requires only a name and address. It won't require a credit card. All users will have to do is attach a number to their drone so that people can read it.
“You can put it in indelible ink, you can bedazzle it,” one of the team members said. “It just needs to be legible so (authorities) are able to read it.”
The Federal Aviation Administration talked to over 30 representatives of government, industry, and consumer relations before coming to their rule about drones. They had a limit of November 20, 2015 so that they could have rules for the Christmas season.
Most people knew this was coming as technological advances have made drones easier and cheaper than ever. Some people believe that there are hundreds of thousands on the market today.
Most people agree that this is a good call and that since it is free, there won't be too much fuss. The industry wanted the weight limit to be higher, but they agreed because if the drones were to crash, 250 grams could conceivably hurt people.
“What we achieved can be characterized as a package deal,” one task-force member said. “No one got everything they wanted; you could say everyone is a little unhappy.”
So far there aren't any new penalties for not registering the drone. However, the existing federal penalties include civil or criminal fines and up to three years in prison.
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According to The Wall Street Journal, the task force that was formed was co-chaired by Earl Lawrence, a top FAA drone official, and Dave Vos, head of the drone-delivery project at Google parent Alphabet Inc.