If you buy a drone this Christmas, you should register it before you fly it. NBC News reports today which the US Transportation Department will announce Monday its decide to require drone registration for all those consumer drones. The US Transportation Department declined to comment, stating that they would to discharge statement on Monday; though the rumor which DroneLife reported on earlier this year would appear really was. Check DJI Phantom 3.
Reportedly, the Transportation Department will convene a job force in the future to establish the actual requirements in the registration program. The task force are going to be expected to deliver recommendations the subsequent week. The extremely short period of time frame represents an attempt to put policy available by Christmas.
The news may come as a blow to drone advocates, as Michael Drobac, head with the lobbying group Small UAV Coalition, told the Wall Street Journal. “This is in line with what I think they’re doing, unfortunately, and that is fear mongering…I think [regulators] looking to create the impression that drones tend to be more dangerous compared to they are,” said Drobac. Drone advocates have long argued that codification of drone regulations and education of drone operators will be more effective than cumbersome licensing or registration systems.
Currently, drones are certainly not required to be registered, considered “hobby aircraft.” “Hobby aircraft” are needed to fly below 400 ft, but drones are clearly easily competent to exceed that altitude restriction. The move because of the Transportation Department may be the latest in a very flurry of activity from government departments to attempt to track and control drone flight near airports or government buildings.