The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) estimates that nearly 800,000 small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, will be sold this holiday season, and expects sales of an additional 1.9 million UAS to hobbyist and recreational users in 2016. Over the past year we have witnessed a surge in news events involving careless operators misusing drones, including crashes at stadium sporting events and hundreds of incidents involving close-encounters between UAS and manned aircraft.
In response to these recent news reports, the Department of Transportation (DOT) created a registration task force charged with making recommendations to the FAA about mandatory registration of small UAS, including those used for recreational or hobby use. On November 23, the Task Force released the final recommendations report. This week, the FAA released a 211-page interim final rule on UAS registration (registration rule) that incorporates some of the Task Force’s recommendations – and becomes effective next week. Continue Reading FAA Releases Rule on UAS Registration Requirements