The U.S. Department of Transportation will announce new registration requirements for consumer-market drones. The department will create a task force to partner with drone makers to implement the process.
“The FAA needs the ability to set clear rules for when and where consumers can fly drones, require manufacturers to install basic technological safeguards and ensure consumers receive safety information,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who has introduced a bill to regulate drone use.
Currently, drones do not require registration because they are supposed to be flown at an elevation of less than 400 feet. However, drones are advancing to where they can easily fly above that height. This year, there have been at least 650 drone sightings made by aircraft pilots. There were 238 in 2014.
“Unmanned aircraft systems shouldn’t fly close to airports, or manned aircraft or above 400 feet,” said Brian Wynne, CEO of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. “These are common-sense guidelines, but many new UAS enthusiasts aren’t taking the time to understand where they should and shouldn’t fly.”
Drone hobbyism is increasing in the United States, and it causes concern among many because there are perceived implications of nefarious use. The new regulations aim to provide safe parameters for drone use.
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