Here it comes… US just created a task force to create a Drone Registry by November 20. Frankly, we are not surprised.
The Obama administration would want all US drones to be registered. They said that this is a part of a bigger effort to “to curtail rogue drone flights that pose a danger to commercial aircraft and crowded public venues“.
What this exactly means, we are still unsure. The task force will have to recommend on what constitutes a Drone (I guess a DJI Inspire 1 is not the same as those little baby quadcopters); how the registration process will be handled; and the timeframe for execution.
While the agency didn’t say what drone registration would look like, though it did say it would not require drone owners to get a pilot’s license. I think this comes as a big relief both to drone owners and to the drone industry, especially with the upcoming holidays season. (Amazon alone is estimated to sell 10,000 drones on a non-holiday month, and holidays are regularly a big boost on sales)
Here is the complete announcement by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, if you care to word peep and look for additional clues:
Vice has some very good analysis on the topic, which as usual raises more questions than it gives answers, but it may outline the course of this task force.
P.S. still better than shooting all drones down…