Earlier this week, the US Department of Transportation announced registration would be required for unmanned aerial systems. Yes, drones will be regulated, and right now representatives from the Academy of Model Aircraft, the Air Line Pilots Association, the Consumer Electronics Association and others are deciding which quadcopters, planes, and other aircraft should be exempt from registration.
Now, the US DOT and FAA are looking for consumer’s input. The US DOT is asking the public such questions as:
- Should registration happen at point-of-sale, or after the box is opened?
- Should registration be dependant on serial numbers? If so, how will kits be registered?
- Should certain drones/UAS be excluded from registration? Should weight, speed, maximum altitude, or flight times be taken into account?
- Should registration require a fee?
- Are there any additional ways of encouraging accountability of drone/UAS use?
Comments will be taken until November 6, with the task force assembled by the US DOT providing its regulations by November 20. The hope for all involved parties is that this system of regulation will be in place for the holiday season. One million UAS are expected to be sold by Christmas.