If you want your drone, you can keep your drone, just register it with the government.
In an attempt to monitor and keep a tight grip on the personal private drone explosion that has grown over the last couple of years, the U.S. Government is creating regulations to harness this power before it gets out of hand.
According to the Associated Press:
Federal regulators are expected to announce Monday that the government will require registration of most drones to help track operators who flout safety rules, according to an industry official.
The industry official said the Federal Aviation Administration is setting up working groups of government and industry officials and model aircraft hobbyists to work out details of the registration system. The official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The working groups will decide which drones will require registration. Toys and small drones that don’t present a safety threat are likely to be exempt.
RC helicopters and Airplanes have been flying for decades, although usually in more remote and specialized airspace. Guess this was inevitable as these devices have proliferated and their ease of use has introduced model flying to thousands. Good things can’t last forever, I guess. Once again, the few spoil it for everyone.
The FAA is scrambling to get registration rules in place before Christmas. The Consumer Electronics Association has forecast that 700,000 drones will be sold this holiday season