U.S. Department of Transportation Issue Update on Mandatory Registration of Drones

U.S. Department of Transportation

The U.S. Deparmtent of Transportation has issued information about the possibility of legislation that all drones will have to be registered in the new future.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the creation of a task force that is set to put in place recommendations that all Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) go through a registration process.

The complete task force will be comprised of between 25 and 30 individuals from both the FAA and government and will decide which types of drone will be exempt from the legislation, which is expected to be minimal risk drones including toys.

Foxx said:

“Registering unmanned aircraft will help build a culture of accountability and responsibility, especially with new users who have no experience operating in the U.S. aviation system, it will help protect public safety in the air and on the ground.”

Every day the FAA receive complaints about unsafe use of drones ranging from misuse at sport events to interfering with the natural environment.

Huerta said:

“These reports signal a troubling trend, registration will help make sure that operators know the rules and remain accountable to the public for flying their unmanned aircraft responsibly.  When they don’t fly safely, they’ll know there will be consequences.”

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation

Experience the First Ever Drone Race in Utah – Video

Drone racing

32 drone racers participated in the Road to the Utah Cup Drone Race, which was sponsored by Drones, Etc. and took place at Warm Springs Park in Salt Lake City. Drones were guided by their pilots along courses marked with cones and flags, trees and other obstacles.

The Race was a qualifier for the IDRA‘s California Cup in November.

Drones, Etc. chief drone engineer Matt Key said:

“Our track was pretty technical. Our top speed was about 45 MPH. Some of these drones can reach speeds up to 90 MPH.”