Hobby Drone Operator Registration coming back?
(From Small UAV Coalition)
WASHINGTON, DC – November 10, 2017 – Yesterday, House and Senate negotiators unveiled a compromise National Defense Authorization Act that includes a provision to reinstate the registration requirement for recreational unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operators. The Small UAV Coalition applauds Congress for restoring Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authority to maintain a national UAS registry.
On May 19, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit vacated a FAA rule requiring registration of recreational operators. The Coalition was among those industry stakeholders that called for ensuring FAA authority to maintain reasonable oversight of all UAS operations, including a registry. Providing a mechanism to identify all UAS operating in the national airspace is critical to ensuring safe integration and unleashing the potential for increased and expanded commercial UAS operations.
The Coalition thanks Congress for recognizing the need to restore accountability as a means of facilitating the safe, widespread, and expeditious integration of UAS into the national airspace.
Comment: This is something that will be welcomed by law enforcement tasked with responding to drone complaints and being hampered in identifying the owner of offending ‘drones”.
Tim Trott is an FDLE certified instructor (#329775), and Certified Remote Pilot. and also passed the FAA Fundamentals of Instruction and Ground School exam and was granted one of the first 400 Section 333 Exemptions. As a writer, Tim has two e-books on Amazon.com, including Droner’s Guide (#15 in its category) and UAS Operations: A Study Guide for the FAA Remote Pilot Certification Exam.
On-site training courses are available through TrainingForceUSA.com. Tim has taught FDLE courses at School of Public Safety at Valencia Community College in Orlando, Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy in Tallahassee, and Gulf Coast Public Service Academy in Panama City.