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.
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.
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.
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