Drone Registration. Good or BAD?!?!?!
If you have been following drones for any amount of time now, you must have heard that there is going to be a required “registration” process implemented for UAV drones starting November 20th. Created by the U.S. Department of Transportation, most hobbyists and commercial pilots are worried of what the requirements may be until the actual rules are released.
The fact is that current drone hobbyists flying today brought this registration onto themselves. With past reckless crashes as well as incidents involving by-standards, it is simply necessary that pilots be registered to their drones in the event of a crash. Liability is the main reason this registration process will be implemented and we think it is a GOOD thing.
Want proof? Watch THIS video. This video is fake and fooled a lot of people when it came out, but to be honest, this is 100% possible. Drones can fly miles into the air and for a plane that is landing or taking off, it would not be hard to hit. So, what happens if this unfortunate scenario does come true? How would you find the pilot? If he is a responsible pilot, he may come forward once the story hits the news but if he drops the controller and pretends like nothing happened, he may never be found. Well, the registration process changes all of that! If that drone is registered, hits an airplane and the drone crashes to the ground, that drone can now be retrieved, the pilot located, and charges filed. Anyone who flies that high risks the lives of airlines deserves the consequences.
As of this post, the registration process requirements have yet to be listed but we believe the requirements will be very simple. More than likely registering your craft will require some or all of this info:
First name / Last Name
Drone Model Information ie, DJI Phantom 3 Pro, <55lbs, White
Drone Model Number: ABC123
Fee: Not sure on this. Could be free, they may try and charge a little for processing, we have no clue.
What To Do:
The best thing you can do if you own a drone or many drones is register them all as soon as the registration opens. You want the FAA and U.S. Department of Transportation on your side and not following their rules is the best way to be on the wrong side. Be a safe drone pilot. Register your drone and claim responsibility if a crash occurs (you know we all crash). Take Care!