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FAA Moves to Register Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration announced that it plans to require registration of some types of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

October 19, 2015

The Federal Aviation Administration plans to require registration of some types of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

According to published reports, the move is in response to the number of incidents involving drones and other aircraft that the FAA says have produced a safety risk with the drones.

The FAA will create a joint task force with the Transportation Department to develop recommendations for a registration process by November 20. The task force will be composed of 25 to 30 diverse representatives from the UAS and manned aviation industries, the federal government, and other stakeholders, according to the DOT, and will be tasked 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. The task force also will explore options for a streamlined system that would make registration less burdensome for commercial UAS operators.

“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,” said DOT chief Anthony Foxx said.  “It will help protect public safety in the air and on the ground.”

Pilot sightings of UAVs has doubled between 2014 and 2015, according to the FAA.

“These reports signal a troubling trend,” said FAA administrator Michael Huerta said.  “Registration will help make sure that operators know the rules and remain accountable to the public for flying their unmanned aircraft responsibly.  When they don’t fly safely, they’ll know there will be consequences.”

(The original article has been updated.)

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta today announced the creation of a task force to develop recommendations for a registration process for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

The task force will be composed of 25 to 30 diverse representatives from the UAS and manned aviation industries, the federal government, and other stakeholders.  The group will advise the Department on which aircraft should be exempt from registration due to a low safety risk, including toys and certain other small UAS.  The task force also will explore options for a streamlined system that would make registration less burdensome for commercial UAS operators.

The task force may make additional safety recommendations as it deems appropriate.  Secretary Foxx directed the group to deliver its report by Nov. 20.

“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,” Foxx said.  “It will help protect public safety in the air and on the ground.”

Every day, the FAA receives reports of potentially unsafe UAS operations.  Pilot sightings of UAS doubled between 2014 and 2015.  The reports ranged from incidents at major sporting events and flights near manned aircraft, to interference with wildfire operations.

“These reports signal a troubling trend,” Huerta said.  “Registration will help make sure that operators know the rules and remain accountable to the public for flying their unmanned aircraft responsibly.  When they don’t fly safely, they’ll know there will be consequences.” 

While the task force does its work, the FAA will continue its aggressive 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 take strong enforcement action against egregious violators. At the same time, it will continue working with stakeholders to improve safety to ensure further integration and innovation in this promising segment of aviation.

Secretary Foxx was joined by representatives from the following stakeholder groups:

  • The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International 
  • Academy of Model Aircraft
  • Air Line Pilots Association
  • American Association of Airport Executives 
  • Helicopter Association International
  • PrecisionHawk 
  • AirMap/ Small UAV Coalition 
  • Consumer Electronics Association

- See more at: https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/us-transportation-secretary...This article has been updated.

 

 

 

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