Hobby Drone Operator Registration coming back?
(From Small UAV Coalition)
WASHINGTON, DC – November 10, 2017 – 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.
(d) Restoration of rules for registration and marking of unmanned aircraft.—The rules adopted by the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration in the matter of registration and marking requirements for small unmanned aircraft (FAA-2015-7396; published on December 16, 2015) that were vacated by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Taylor v. Huerta (No. 15-1495; decided on May 19, 2017) shall be restored to effect on the date of enactment of this Act.
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”.