Multiple sources are reporting the government will announce Monday — finally! — that drones must be registered with the Department of Transportation. According to Fortune:
The plan adds hobbyists to those who must register their drones with the government. Previously, only commercial drone users had to register their aircraft with the FAA after getting the authorization to fly.
I’ve been ranting about the irresponsible use of drones for more than a year, and it’s about time some sort of controls were enacted. Drones have invaded privacy, disturbed wildlife, impeded fire fighting efforts, crashed into public events, and endangered airliners.
Fortune says the new regulations should be in place by Thanksgiving; NBC says Christmas. They’d better hurry. The FAA expects as many as one million drones to be sold during this year’s holiday season.
And for those tempted to skip the registration, CNN reports the FAA is testing anti-drone technology:
To counter drones flying uncomfortably close to airplanes, the FAA announced last week that it is testing anti-drone technology that would detect the ones flying within five miles of select airports.
It can force the drone to land but also pinpoint the drone operator, supporting the push for personal accountability.
Update, Monday, Oct 19: “Federal regulators to require registration of recreational drones” – from the Washington Post