FAA to require recreational drone operators to register

Oct 19, 2015 2:05 PM by NBC News

The FAA announced on Monday that recreational drone operators will be required to register their aircraft.

"There can be no accountability if the person breaking the rules can't be identified," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx during a press conference.

With around 1 million drones expected to be sold during the holiday season, the FAA is hoping to instill the registration program by the end of the year. This comes as the FAA attempts to write overarching drone regulations by next spring.

Drone operators will be hit with "penalties" if they fail to register their drones, Foxx said. The FAA hopes the move will help them identify people who fly their drones in restricted airspace. In July, drones flying over wildfires in California's San Bernardino mountains temporarily forced firefighters to ground their planes.

"People registering their drones will be exposed to the rules and the reasons for the rules," Foxx said.


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