Unmanned Aircraft Registration Requirement Announced

There’s a troubling trend brewing. In the past year, pilot sightings of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have doubled. Reports of incidents came in from major sporting events, flights near manned aircraft, and at wildfire operations where they were an interference.

In an attempt to get a handle on this growing industry, a task force made up of 25 to 30 diverse representatives from the UAS and manned aviation industries, the federal government and other stakeholders have been created to develop recommendations for a registration process for UAS.

“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,” says U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “It will help protect public safety in the air and on the ground.”

One of the duties of the group will be to advise the department on which aircraft should be exempt from registration due to a low safety risk, including toys and certain other small UAS. It will also explore options for a streamlined system to make registration less burdensome for commercial UAS operators and to make additional safety recommendations as deemed appropriate.

The group was given a November 20, 2015, deadline to submit its recommendations.

In the meantime, the FAA will continue education and outreach efforts, including the “Know Before You Fly” campaign and “No Drone Zone” initiatives with the nation’s busiest airports. The agency also will continue to closely monitor UAS use and hold egregious violators accountable. In addition, it will sustain its efforts with stakeholders to improve safety to ensure that integration and innovation move forward in this segment.

You can read the entire briefing by clicking here.

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