DJI’s Phantom 2 Vision+ quadcopter drone.Steven Michael
A government task force that is helping to plan a national drone registration system says the registration process should be simple and free, because onerous requirements could hinder the market for small unmanned aircraft.
The Federal Aviation Administration’s drone registration task force recommended a three-step registration process. “Any registration steps more burdensome than these three simple steps may jeopardize the likelihood of widespread adoption,” the task force said in its final report, dated November 21.
The FAA will take the recommendations under advisement before making a final decision.
People would only have to register once, even if they have multiple drones, if the recommendation is adopted by the FAA. Drones weighing 250 grams or less shouldn’t have to be registered, the task force recommended, saying it came up with the weight-based exclusion “based primarily upon an assessment of available safety studies and risk probability calculations.” The recommended registration process would apply to drones weighing up to 55 pounds.
Federal law says no one can operate an aircraft unless it is registered with the FAA, but the agency is not yet enforcing the requirement for small drones used for hobby or recreational purposes. With drone adoption increasing rapidly,…