FAA Task Force to create free three step Drone Registration process

November 26
8:25 AM 2015

The Federal Aviation Administration's drone registration task force will develop a simple and free national drone registration system.

A government task force will create a three-step registration process, according to a report by ARS Technica. The plan will go through advisement before the task force will come up with any decision.

The task force on November 21, said, "Any registration steps more burdensome than these three simple steps may jeopardize the likelihood of widespread adoption."

Tech Crunch enumerated the recommended guidelines for the registration process. First, the FAA would require people to register their drone if it weighs over 250 grams. The registration process will be through a website of an app.

The registration number or serial number of the drone must be registered, and it will be affixed to the device. One registration number is enough to cover all drones a single person owns. That number will be associated to the contact number of the owner. The registration should be free, or at least only $0.001. Registrants should be at least 13 years old. Children below 13 can register under an adult. Registration should be done before flying the drone.

"We have a very large number of unregistered drones out there and a very unsophisticated number of operators who have no idea what the FAA requirements are - or even what the FAA does," said former FAA chief counsel Kenneth Quinn in a report by the Insurance Journal. "To expect widespread compliance anytime soon is highly unrealistic."

The three steps for the registration process are first to fill up an electronic registration on a website or on an app. After that, the registrant will immediately get an electronic certificate of registration and a registration number. That registration number will then be marked on all small unmanned aircraft system before they are operated in the National Airspace System.

With a free and easy registration process, the market for unmanned aircraft would not be slowed down. 

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