Have a drone? You better get it registered
Have a drone? You better get it registered Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, center, accompanied industry stakeholder representatives, speaks at a news conference at the Department of Transportation in Washington, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, where he announced the creation of a task force to develop recommendations for a registration process for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik/Francois Mori)
Have a drone? You better get it registered
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Spurred by numerous reports of drones flying near jets and airports, the federal government will require that the aircraft be registered. That will make it easier to identify owners and educate amateur aviators.
 
The move was announced by the Federal Aviation Administration. It comes at a time when the agency is receiving more than 100 reports per month about drones flying near manned aircraft. The FAA prohibits drones and model airplanes from flying higher than 400 feet or within 5 miles of an airport.
 
Drones have become increasingly popular with hobbyists. The FAA estimates that 1.6 million small, unmanned aircraft will be sold in 2015.  Half will be bought during the last three months of the year.
 
The drones must be marked with the owner's unique registration number. The FAA said that would let authorities track down owners if they violate the rules. But registration also gives the agency a vehicle to educate owners just as thousands get drones as presents for Christmas and other holidays.
 
The requirement covers aircraft weighing from more than a half pound up to 55 pounds, including any payload such as a camera. Drone owners who are 13 and older will have to register on an FAA website.  It will become available Dec. 21. The FAA expects parents to register for younger children.
 
Registration will cost $5 and must be renewed every three years. But the fee will be waived for the first 30 days, until Jan. 20. Owners will have to mark aircraft with an identification number. Recreational fliers can register as many aircraft as they want on one registration number.
 
Most people who fly drones and model aircraft have little aviation experience. But they become pilots as soon as they start to fly, said Deputy FAA Administrator Michael Whitaker. "They have the responsibility to fly safely, and there are rules and regulations that apply to them," he said.
 
Those who got drones before Dec. 21 must register by Feb. 19. People who buy them later must register before their first outdoor flight.
 
Owners will have to provide their name, home address and email.  Their identity will be verified and payments made by credit card, the agency said.
 
The FAA said it used some of the recommendations from a task force appointed by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. But the move disappointed a large group representing model airplane users.
 
The Muncie, Indiana-based Academy of Model Aeronautics said registration is an "unnecessary burden for our more than 185,000 members who have been operating safely for decades."
 
The group maintains that in 2012 Congress prohibited the FAA from new rules for recreational model aircraft users who are part of a community-based organization.
 
But Whitaker said while the law prohibits new rules, the FAA has the authority to register the aircraft.
 
Most model airplanes and even some flying toys weigh more than a half-pound and may need to be registered, the academy said.
 
The requirement won support from others. The support included the Air Line Pilots Association. The organization said it is a tool to help make sure drone owners share the skies safely with airplanes. The association would like to see registration required when unmanned aircraft are sold.
 
Government and industry officials have expressed concern that drones, like birds, could be sucked into an aircraft engine, smash a cockpit windshield or damage a critical aircraft surface area. It could cause a crash, the industry officials said.

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COMMENTS (179)
  • elijahg-mci
    1/05/2016 - 11:46 a.m.

    I think it will improve safety so people will not fly them to high and cause a plane to crash.

  • madisonp-mci
    1/05/2016 - 11:59 a.m.

    I think registration will improve safety by less of a chance of drones crashing into jets and airports.

  • alexanderc-6-bar
    1/05/2016 - 07:20 p.m.

    It will improve safety because the drones are flying to close to aircraft's. If the drone hit the aircraft or the drone got stuck in the engine then the aircraft would crash. Causing the people on the aircraft or what is called a plane to die. So when some one registers, the FAA can see that person. If that persons drone got to close and the person did not really know the FAA could see and know what was happening.

  • katiem-vau
    1/05/2016 - 08:03 p.m.

    Registration will improve safety by improving the little aviation experienced pilots and will help reduce the chance of having the drones risking a potential plane crash or injury to civilians.

  • victoriak-ver
    1/06/2016 - 08:36 a.m.

    Registration will improve safety by allowing the government to be able to if needed, track down a drone if it is doing something that its not supposed to. Also, registration will help improve safety because it will allow the drones to fly safely with airplanes in the sky.

  • andrewa-ver
    1/06/2016 - 12:17 p.m.

    Registration will improve safety because if you register they can see where your drone is at all time and if it get to close to a plane the company can sent out a warning that it is going to hit a plane or any type of aircraft

  • isaacd-vau
    1/06/2016 - 04:17 p.m.

    The registration will improve safety by allowing the government to know who crashed their drone into an aircraft or near an airport and worn then not to do it again. They may also want to arrest them for disobeying the law.

  • lucasl-3-bar
    1/06/2016 - 05:07 p.m.

    By requiring buyers to register their drones, the government can both make sure flyers follow rules and regulations, as well as track down any offenders. The government can then keep track of all drones that are being used. Such registrations protect people from potential physical dangers of drones, such as if a drone above an airport were to collide with an airplane, as well as maintain privacy to keep drones from being used as unwanted surveillance. This article was interesting because it showed how the United States government is putting new laws and regulations in motion to deal with a new piece of technology and keep people safe so that they can use drones safely.

  • maggiem-vau
    1/06/2016 - 05:37 p.m.

    I think registration will improve the safety of people and planes because of the rules set by the FAA and the tracking system. If someone violates the rules, the FAA will know who it was and will be able to help that person to ensure a better and safer aviation experience.

  • ashlinkoly2016-
    1/07/2016 - 09:41 a.m.

    The article is mostly about how there are going to be new laws about having drones because safety issues. This is happening in the US. They are trying to get more laws and rule about using the drones because some people are flying them to high and really close to planes so it is a big safety issue for a lot of people. These rules should start taking place soon. It is important because these drones could cause problems for planes and could possibly make then crash.


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