Yesterday, the US Department of Transportation held a press conference outlining new rules that they and the FAA want to implement. These rules would make it so that all UAVs (Hobby and commercial) as well as other hobby aircraft will need to be registered with the FAA. There are a lot of questions with this, and the obvious is about hobby use. Right now, hobbiests do not need to register their aircraft. The process to register an aircraft is very time consuming, and involves many carbon copies… yes, in 2015 they still do not have an electronic means of document submission.
There has been some good commentary about this press-release and proposed new rules:
- 8 Questions Raised by the USDOTs Decision to Register Every Drone in the US also from Aeriographer.com.
- What’s your objective opinion about the Department of Transportation’s announcement that they are forming a task force to essentially create a UAS registration process? from Droneu.com.
- The Problems with Mandatory Drone Registration by Jonathan Rupprecht on jrupprechtlaw.com.
- AMA JOINS DOT TASK FORCE ON UAS REGISTRATION from the AMA Website. They say that they are going to work on having differing rules for small hobby and toy drones.
- U.S. To Require Registration Of All Drones; Hobbyists May Pose Legal Conundrum by John Goglia on Forbes.com. This is a really good read.