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US will require all drones to be registered



Reckless drone use is growing, and authorities’ ears are finally pricking up.

The US Department of Transportation will soon require drone users to register their unmanned air vehicles.

It’s expected that both the DoT and the Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta will make the announcement on Monday.

It’s said that a “task force” will be created to implement the program, as reported by ABC News.

According to one source cited in the report, the plan “could go into effect possibly by Christmas”.

In the US, the Federal Aviation Authority received more than 700 reports of drone sightings by pilots between November 2014 and August 2015.

Last September, a drone crashed inside a stadium during a match at the US Open, and in January this year, a small drone was discovered on the White House grounds.

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Just last month we saw the first UK conviction of a person flying a drone illegally.

Nigel Wilson pleaded guilty to seven separate offences under sections 166 and 167 of the Air Navigation Order 2009.

The 42-year-old admitted to having flown an unmanned drone over various football stadia across England, as well as over buildings in central London.

However, there are currently no plans to require drone registration in the UK. Not yet, anyway.

Do you think drone owners should have to register their kit? Let us know in the comments.

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October 18, 2015, 2:54 pm

Well if some people are going to be idiots with them then unfortunately yes. I'm surprised there haven't been more reports of snooping to be honest; perhaps they're too noisy.

I wonder what they define as a drone though.


October 18, 2015, 5:27 pm

they wont register their guns, but drone's yes they are a substantial treat!

Joes Blow

October 26, 2015, 2:58 pm

This is a net full of holes being cast out anyway. The real threatening use of these "drones", such as for invasion of privacy or acts of terror, will not be affected since they'll simply never register. However, average Joe Blow with nothing but a hobby interest in flying multi-rotors must submit. Irresponsible idiots like Nigel Wilson give ammunition to these sorts of flawed regulatory reactions.

Joes Blow

October 26, 2015, 3:01 pm

Any unmanned piloted aircraft


October 26, 2015, 3:54 pm

Not sure that'd cover it. It'd catch those tiny little helicopters that are only for indoor use (and arguably also paper airplanes) but miss self-piloting aircraft on a pre-programmed route.

Joes Blow

October 27, 2015, 3:19 pm

That is true. It will be interesting to see some definitions in an area of so much ambiguity, in any case. I'd guess they outline it in some combination of terms to include on-board processing, size, LoS and TX/RX distance.

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